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Toluene

Harris County MUD 165

Toluene is a volatile solvent that harms the nervous and immune systems, damages the liver and may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Read More.

Toluene is a petroleum-derived chemical found in gasoline and used as a solvent in paints, adhesives and cleaning supplies. Toluene is highly neurotoxic. Exposure can cause fatigue and nausea, and may lead to nervous system disorders.

 

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
20150.700 ppb72ND - 4.20 ppb
2016ND30ND
2017ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 150 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for toluene 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 internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 1,000 ppb

The legal limit for toluene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

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
2015-05-27AC933954.20 ppb
2015-09-09AD06257ND
2015-09-09AD062550.700 ppb
2015-11-10AD13188ND
2015-11-10AD13186ND
2016-03-21AD29673ND
2016-03-21AD29633ND
2016-03-21AD29639ND
2017-05-04AD82785ND
2017-05-04AD82787ND
2017-05-04AD82793ND