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Contaminant: Ethylbenzene

Point-of-use (POU) water treatment devices will only reduce the concentration of volatile organic chemicals (VOC's) at water outlets that are served by the devices.  POU water treatment devices are typically designed to treat water for a single outlet or a small number of outlets, such as the cold water at the kitchen sink and the cold water line serving an icemaker.    There are dermal (skin) absorption and inhalation exposure risks associated with VOC's. Therefore, using point-of-use devices will not protect all routes of potential exposure.  Potentially hazardous exposures to volatile organic chemicals will remain possible at unprotected outlets, particularly hot water outlets (e.g. bathing, showering, clothes washing and dish washing).

If, by way of reputable water analyses, a water supply is known to contain unsafe levels of volatile organic chemicals, then all the water entering the residence must be treated at the point-of-entry using an approved water treatment device to address all potential routes of exposure.

If you are looking for a specific organic chemical, then check under the specific name of the chemical (e.g. "B" tab for benzene) and also the organic chemicals listed under the "O" tab (the "O" tab is what brought your here).

Water treatment devices approved for organic chemical reduction via the chloroform surrogate are approved for the reduction of the following specific organic chemicals only:

  1. Alachlor
  2. Atrazine
  3. Benzene
  4. Carbofuran
  5. Carbon tetrachloride
  6. Chlorobenzene
  7. Chloropicrin
  8. 2,4-D
  9. Dibromochloropropane (DBCP)
  10. o-Dichlorobenzene
  11. p-Dichlorobenzene
  12. 1,2-Dichloroethane
  13. 1,1-Dichloroethylene
  14. cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene
  15. trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene
  16. 1,2-Dichloropropane
  17. cis-1,3-Dichloropropylene
  18. Dinoseb
  19. Endrin
  20. Ethylbenzene
  21. Ethylene dibromide (EDB)
  22. Haloacetonitriles (HAN):
    1. Bromochloroacetonitrile
    2. Dibromoacetonitrile
    3. Dichloroacetonitrile
    4. Trichloroacetonitrile
  1. Haloketones (HK):
    1. 1,1-Dichloro-2-propanone
    2. 1,1,1-Trichloro-2-propanone
  2. Heptachlor
  3. Heptachlor epoxide
  4. Hexachlorobutadiene
  5. Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
  6. Lindane
  7. Methoxychlor
  8. Pentachlorophenol
  9. Simazine
  10. Styrene
  11. 1,2,2,2,-Tetrachloroethane
  12. Tetrachloroethylene
  13. Toluene
  14. 2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
  15.  Tribromoacetic acid
  16. 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene
  17. 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  18. 1,1,2-Trichloroethane
  19. Trichloroethylene
  20. Trihalomethanes [TTHMs (chloroform surrogate)]
    1. chloroform
    2. bromoform
    3. bromodichloromethane
    4. chlorodibromomethane
  21. Xylenes (total)

For additional information on VOC's, consult:

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