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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Marshall Waterworks

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.”

 

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Samples

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Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.233 ppb31ND - 0.700 ppb
20130.0692 ppb131ND - 0.900 ppb
2014ND90ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND90ND
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 Lab ID Result
2012-07-31E1205030230.700 ppb
2012-07-31E120503025ND
2012-11-27E121000008ND
2013-01-23E121105304ND
2013-01-23E121105301ND
2013-04-30E130202338ND
2013-04-30E130202336ND
2013-07-16E1305058080.900 ppb
2013-07-16E130505805ND
2013-08-12E130800798ND
2013-08-12E130800799ND
2013-08-30E130804741ND
2013-08-30E130804729ND
2013-08-30E130804753ND
2013-10-07E130803845ND
2013-10-07E130803840ND
2014-01-14E131200005ND
2014-02-10E141204239ND
2014-04-07E140304239ND
2014-07-08E140601332ND
2014-07-08E140601325ND
2014-07-08E140601326ND
2014-08-0438295ND
2014-10-28E140802403ND
2014-10-28E140802398ND
2015-07-14VA010-DCLSND
2016-02-10E151204276ND
2016-02-10E151204275ND
2016-05-11E160303032ND
2016-05-11E160303031ND
2016-07-19E160703075ND
2016-07-19E160703077ND
2016-07-19E160703076ND
2016-12-01E160901673ND
2016-12-01E160901674ND
2017-02-28E161201879ND
2017-02-28E161201878ND
2017-06-20E170302822ND
2017-06-20E170302823ND
2017-08-29E170600341ND
2017-08-30E170600340ND
2017-08-30E170600333ND
2017-08-30E170600336ND
2017-12-06E170805508ND
2017-12-06E170805503ND