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Trichloroethylene in New Jersey

Trichloroethylene is used to remove grease from fabricated metal parts and in the production of some textiles; this pollutant comes from metal degreasing sites, metal finishing and rubber processing industries. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New Jersey

44 water utilities reported detecting Trichloroethylene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Trichloroethylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Fairview Manor Mhp
Millville, NJ
1,6004 of 41.65 ppb
(0.46 to 2.08 ppb)
2Rocky Hill W Dept
Rocky Hill, NJ
9002 of 130.88 ppb
(0 to 10 ppb)
3Garfield Water Department
Garfield, NJ
29,7862 of 130.73 ppb
(0 to 9.2 ppb)
4Orange Water Dept
Orange, NJ
32,86811 of 730.45 ppb
(0 to 5.4 ppb)
5Bordentown Water Departm
Bordentown, NJ
14,8269 of 120.41 ppb
(0 to 0.66 ppb)
6Alpha Municipal Water Works
Alpha, NJ
2,53011 of 130.38 ppb
(0 to 0.61 ppb)
7Vineland Water & Sewer Utility
Vineland, NJ
33,00015 of 190.36 ppb
(0 to 1.24 ppb)
8Camden City Water Department
Camden City, NJ
50,0007 of 190.3 ppb
(0 to 1.22 ppb)
9East Orange Water Commission
East Orange, NJ
75,0008 of 120.26 ppb
(0 to 0.47 ppb)
10Paulsboro Water Department
Paulsboro, NJ
6,2004 of 70.2 ppb
(0 to 0.73 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Trichloroethylene

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.0 ppb
EPA Human Health Water Quality CriteriaWater quality criteria set by the US EPA provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect human health. These are non-enforceable standards based upon exposure by both drinking water and the contribution of water contamination to other consumed foods. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0.03 ppb
California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.1.7 ppb
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.3 ppb
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.5 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.200 ppb
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.300 ppb

Violation Summary for Trichloroethylene in New Jersey

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly285
Over maximum contaminant level, Average12
Failure to notify state agency1
Failure to notify public of violation1