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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

Franklin Water Systems 3

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.

 

21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND20ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND50ND
20174.03 ppb92ND - 35.5 ppb

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
2012-09-27AC02270ND
2012-09-27AC02272ND
2014-06-24Q1423214004ND
2014-06-24Q1423214002ND
2015-06-23Q1523311006ND
2015-06-23Q1523311004ND
2015-06-23Q1523311002ND
2016-03-08Q1609693005ND
2016-03-08Q1609693004ND
2016-03-08Q1609693001ND
2016-12-13Q1654192014ND
2016-12-13Q1654192012ND
2017-03-21Q1711955005ND
2017-03-21Q1711955004ND
2017-03-21Q1711955002ND
2017-03-21Q171195501235.5 ppb
2017-03-21Q1711955011ND
2017-06-07AD86938ND
2017-06-21Q17256720010.810 ppb
2017-07-25Q1730588010ND
2017-07-25Q1730588005ND