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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

Waukesha Water Utility

Methylene chloride is a common industrial solvent used for paint stripping, vapor degreasing, printing, electronics manufacturing and cleaning. It causes cancer and liver damage in animal studies. Read More.

Surface and groundwater can be contaminated with methylene chloride from industrial releases and landfill leaching. The EPA considers methylene chloride likely carcinogenic to people. Long-term ingestion of drinking water with methylene chloride contamination can cause liver damage and cancer. Occupational exposure to methylene chloride and other solvents has been linked with increased risk of miscarriage. Birth defects have also been observed in studies of laboratory animals exposed to methylene chloride during pregnancy.

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24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND70ND
2015ND40ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND70ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 4 ppb for dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 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 cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for dichloromethane, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-20655059ND
2012-03-20655057ND
2012-05-22664036ND
2013-02-20706222ND
2013-02-20706220ND
2013-02-20706218ND
2014-03-26776755ND
2014-03-26776753ND
2014-05-07784425ND
2014-05-07784422ND
2014-05-07784419ND
2014-06-11796100ND
2014-06-11796103ND
2015-03-10847853ND
2015-03-10847851ND
2015-03-11847855ND
2015-09-29886380ND
2017-03-28980078ND
2017-03-28980084ND
2017-03-28980081ND
2017-05-02986361ND
2017-05-02986364ND
2017-05-31994537ND
2017-05-31994540ND