para-Dichlorobenzene is an organic solid of white crystals with a mothball-like odor. p-Dichlorobenzene is used mainly as an insecticidal fumigant against clothes moths and as a deodorant for garbage and restrooms. It is also used as an insecticide and fungicide on crops, and in the manufacture of other organic chemicals and in plastics, dyes, and pharmaceuticals. The major source of p-dichlorobenzene in drinking water is discharge from industrial chemical factories.
Some people who drink water containing p-dichlorobenzene well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience anemia; damage to their liver, kidneys or spleen; or changes in their blood.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
para-Dichlorobenzene levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
para-Dichlorobenzene levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about p-Dichlorobenzene in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - Dichlorobenzenes
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - Dichlorobenzenes