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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Xylenes (total)

Choice Water Supply Corporation

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.

 

9

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
20170.496 ppb21ND - 0.991 ppb

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
2012-02-161202508003ND
2013-08-13Q1305388008ND
2014-09-02Q1440966001ND
2015-07-30Q1529716001ND
2015-07-30Q1529716003ND
2016-09-13Q1637145001ND
2016-09-13Q1637145003ND
2017-11-03Q1756823006ND
2017-11-03Q17568230010.991 ppb