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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District

Ethylbenzene, a component of petroleum, is a volatile cancer-causing chemical primarily used for production of plastics and rubber. Ethylbenzene is also released from gasoline fuel emissions. Read More.

In animal studies, exposure to ethylbenzene causes tumors. Ethylbenzene can also damage lungs, liver, kidneys and the nervous system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylbenzene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

 

29

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND60ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND100ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 300 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 300 ppb for ethylbenzene 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) 700 ppb

The legal limit for ethylbenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1950s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-06-27ND
2012-07-18ND
2013-01-09ND
2013-06-26ND
2013-10-29ND
2013-10-29ND
2014-01-02ND
2014-06-04ND
2014-06-04ND
2015-01-13ND
2015-01-15ND
2015-02-18ND
2015-02-18ND
2015-07-07ND
2015-07-21ND
2016-02-16ND
2016-03-22ND
2016-03-22ND
2016-07-14ND
2017-01-03ND
2017-01-03ND
2017-01-03ND
2017-01-03ND
2017-01-03ND
2017-01-04ND
2017-01-04ND
2017-01-04ND
2017-01-23ND
2017-08-14ND