Frequent Questions

3. What are benzene's health effects?

Some people who drink water containing benzene well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience anemia or a decrease in blood platelets, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

This health effects language is not intended to catalog all possible health effects for benzene. Rather, it is intended to inform consumers of some of the possible health effects associated with benzene in drinking water when the rule was finalized.

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