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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Xylenes (total)

City of South Houston

Xylenes are solvents used in industrial and consumer products, such as cleaning agents and paint thinners. Xylenes cause nervous system damage and may harm developing fetuses.

 

15

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND50ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1,800 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1,800 ppb for xylenes was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against harm to the brain and nervous system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10,000 ppb

The legal limit for xylenes, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against harm to the brain and nervous system due to xylene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2015-01-21AC77109ND
2015-01-21AC77099ND
2015-01-21AC77093ND
2015-01-21AC77095ND
2015-01-21AC77101ND
2016-01-14AD18215ND
2016-01-14AD18219ND
2016-01-14AD18221ND
2016-01-14AD18205ND
2016-01-14AD18207ND
2017-01-06AD63617ND
2017-03-01AD72753ND
2017-03-01AD72765ND
2017-03-01AD72763ND
2017-03-01AD72785ND