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cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene in Massachusetts


cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene is a pollutant discharged by various industrial chemical factories from the manufacture of plastic wrap, adhesives and synthetic fiber. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Massachusetts

14 water utilities reported detecting cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Peabody Dps Water Dept.
Peabody, MA
48,00020 of 207.75 ppb
(4 to 11 ppb)
2Grafton Water District
Grafton, MA
9,80015 of 244.93 ppb
(0 to 26.5 ppb)
3Burlington Water Dept
Burlington, MA
23,3019 of 104.73 ppb
(0 to 7.5 ppb)
4Wilmington Water Dept
Wilmington, MA
21,7795 of 51.31 ppb
(0.84 to 2.48 ppb)
5Eliot Woods Condos
Whitman, MA
1404 of 41.05 ppb
(0.9 to 1.25 ppb)
6Reading Water Dept.
Reading, MA
23,69311 of 160.91 ppb
(0 to 4.8 ppb)
7Hanson Water Department
Hanson, MA
9,8007 of 80.79 ppb
(0 to 1.45 ppb)
8Barnstable Water Company (Hyannis)
Barnstable, MA
34,0006 of 100.55 ppb
(0 to 2.5 ppb)
9Estates AT Highland Ridge
Milford, MA
7511 of 190.53 ppb
(0 to 1.4 ppb)
10Holden Water Department
Holden, MA
15,0006 of 100.46 ppb
(0 to 1.5 ppb)

Health Based Limits for cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.70 ppb
Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.70 ppb
Lifetime health-based limit, non-cancer riskConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for a lifetime of exposure. The Lifetime health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is based on exposure for a a 70-kg adult consuming 2 liters of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.70 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.350 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 10-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic effects for up to ten days of exposure. The Ten-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1000 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 1-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for up to one day of exposure. The One-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.4000 ppb

Violation Summary for cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene in Massachusetts

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in Massachusetts since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly67