Source of Benzene in Water: The chemical benzene (C₆H₆) can be formed through natural processes like volcanoes and forest fires, but it is more often created as a product of petroleum refining. It is used in the production of synthesized fabric, plastics, and rubber. Benzene is a colorless, though sweet-smelling gas. Benzene in water is classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) and is considered a carcinogen by the EPA. Benzene finds it way into drinking water and water supplies from leaking fuel tanks, industrial chemical pollution, pharmaceutical industry waste, or from agricultural runoff. The current US EPA benzene MCL is 0.005 mg/L, and any amount over is considered harmful.
Symptoms of Benzene: Exposure to benzene in drinking water over a long period of time can inhibit cellular regeneration, causing anemia and damaging the blood cells. Eventually, this exposure can also cause leukemia and other cancers.
Filtering Solutions for Benzene: Benzene can be removed from drinking water with activated carbon water filters. These carbon filters are generally present in reverse osmosis systems and ultrafiltration systems. To select the right carbon filter to reduce the benzene in your water, contact our helpful customer service agents by calling 1-877-335-3339.