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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

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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
2012ND40ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND40ND

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
2012-03-19654762ND
2012-06-18668386ND
2012-07-23674188ND
2012-11-06692768ND
2013-03-19710364ND
2013-05-21720578ND
2013-08-06735643ND
2013-10-22754118ND
2014-03-19775750ND
2014-04-15780543ND
2014-08-19811520ND
2014-11-18832018ND
2015-03-17848835ND
2015-06-15865705ND
2015-09-08881303ND
2015-11-17894386ND
2016-02-16905511ND
2016-04-18916035ND
2016-08-09938143ND
2016-10-25955476ND
2017-03-06976137ND
2017-05-30994131ND
2017-09-111017363ND
2017-10-231025634ND