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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

Harris County MUD 165

Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene. Read More.

To protect against cancer risks, California set a public health goal for benzene in drinking water at 0.15 parts per billion, 30 times lower than the federal legal limit of 5 parts per billion.

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17

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
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND70ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.15 ppb for benzene 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 cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for benzene, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to benzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-06-13AC22099ND
2013-06-13AC22097ND
2014-07-16AC59847ND
2014-07-16AC59843ND
2015-05-27AC93425ND
2015-05-27AC93397ND
2015-05-27AC93395ND
2015-09-09AD06257ND
2015-09-09AD06255ND
2015-11-10AD13188ND
2015-11-10AD13186ND
2016-03-21AD29673ND
2016-03-21AD29633ND
2016-03-21AD29639ND
2017-05-04AD82785ND
2017-05-04AD82787ND
2017-05-04AD82793ND