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trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

1,2-Dichloroethylene, a neurotoxic solvent, exists in two different forms: trans-1,2-dichloroethylene and cis-1,2-dichloroethylene. A mixture of the two forms is used to manufacture other solvents and chemical products.

2015-2017:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

17

states detected

47

utilities detected

1.2 million

people served

0

states over health guideline

0

utilities over health guideline

0

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for trans-1,2-dichloroethylene

Harm to the brain and nervous system

Harm to the liver

Harm to the immune system

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 60 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 60 ppb for trans-1,2-dichloroethylene was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against harm to internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 100 ppb

The legal limit for trans-1,2-dichloroethylene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

ppb = parts per billion

States reporting trans-1,2-dichloroethylene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Florida12406,908
Pennsylvania5197,750
Illinois3161,845
Minnesota6134,249
California377,258
New York454,880
Connecticut137,267
Kentucky135,714
Washington123,020
New Jersey221,070
Wisconsin316,861
Ohio16,400
Virginia12,245
Oklahoma11,060
Indiana1953
New Hampshire188
Vermont142
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Filtering technologies that reduce trans-1,2-dichloroethylene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of trans-1,2-dichloroethylene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Marell Courts and Rentals LlcHillsboro, WI3 of 81.26 ppb60
Whitehall Twp AuthorityWhitehall, PA12 of 330.900 ppb13,063
Hydro Public Works AuthorityHydro, OK2 of 180.578 ppb1,060
Saint Louis ParkSt. Louis Park, MN22 of 270.543 ppb45,505
Erie City Water Authority*Erie, PA1 of 100.480 ppb180,000
Fairview Township Water Authority*Fairview, PA1 of 100.480 ppb3,532
Mckean Township WaterworksErie, PA1 of 100.480 ppb1,100
Pawc HomesiteWilkes-barre, PA12 of 240.471 ppb55
East AltonEast Alton, IL9 of 130.430 ppb6,695
Highland Links ColonyCampton, NH5 of 120.367 ppb88
Waynetown Water WorksWaynetown, IN1 of 20.350 ppb953
Montara Water and Sanitary DistrictMontara, CA16 of 710.245 ppb4,374
Eglin West/housingEglin Afb, FL7 of 90.202 ppb3,500
Cedarburg L & W CommissionCedarburg, WI16 of 720.170 ppb11,900
Rutland Town Water District 1Black River, NY1 of 30.167 ppb1,500
Black River Village*Black River, NY1 of 30.167 ppb4,240
Waupun Correctional InstWaupun, WI2 of 50.164 ppb4,901
ArlingtonArlington, IL2 of 80.158 ppb150
St. George Fire District 1St George, VT1 of 70.114 ppb42
South Broward Utility/sunriseFort Lauderdale, FL1 of 30.103 ppb9,457
Fern Crest Utilities Inc.Ft Lauderdale, FL1 of 30.0833 ppb4,643
RockfordRockford, IL5 of 480.0825 ppb155,000
Moore Creek Mount Carmel UtilitiesJay, FL1 of 30.0800 ppb3,741
Swan Lake ResortNew River, NJ3 of 110.0709 ppb70
Georgetown Municipal Water ServiceGeorgetown, KY1 of 120.0667 ppb35,714
Marshall WaterworksWarrenton, VA2 of 200.0600 ppb2,245
Camas Municipal Water Sewer SystemCamas, WA1 of 90.0578 ppb23,020
FaribaultFaribault, MN2 of 80.0538 ppb23,415
Collingswood Water DeparCollingswood, NJ1 of 250.0456 ppb21,000
Miramar (East & West) PlantsMiramar, FL1 of 60.0417 ppb128,729
ClearwaterClearwater, MN1 of 70.0371 ppb1,735
Liberty Utilities - Bellflower - NorwalkDowney, CA1 of 160.0363 ppb72,884
Wallingford Water DepartmentWallingford, CT1 of 170.0294 ppb37,267
Lee County Utilities*Fort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb236,944
Gateway Services DistrictFort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb9,092
Town of Fort Myers Beach (beach Water)Fort Myers Beach, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb6,900
Old Bridge Village Mobile Home ParkNorth Fort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb1,000
Pine Lakes Mobile Home ParkN. Fort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb1,220
Tamiami Village Mobile Home ParkN. Fort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb1,200
Mobile Manor Mobile Home ParkN. Fort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb482
Milford City Public Water SystemMilford, OH1 of 190.0263 ppb6,400
EdinaEdina, MN1 of 60.0250 ppb49,050
AlexandriaAlexandria, MN3 of 350.0206 ppb12,415
SpringfieldSpringfield, MN1 of 70.0171 ppb2,129
Chino Basin Desalter Authority - Desalter 2*Ontario, CA1 of 780.00859 ppb0
Hicksville WDHicksville, NY2 of 6830.00201 ppb48,000

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Whitehall Twp AuthorityWhitehall, PA12 of 330.900 ppb13,063
Saint Louis ParkSt. Louis Park, MN22 of 270.543 ppb45,505
Erie City Water Authority*Erie, PA1 of 100.480 ppb180,000
Cedarburg L & W CommissionCedarburg, WI16 of 720.170 ppb11,900
RockfordRockford, IL5 of 480.0825 ppb155,000
Georgetown Municipal Water ServiceGeorgetown, KY1 of 120.0667 ppb35,714
Camas Municipal Water Sewer SystemCamas, WA1 of 90.0578 ppb23,020
FaribaultFaribault, MN2 of 80.0538 ppb23,415
Collingswood Water DeparCollingswood, NJ1 of 250.0456 ppb21,000
Miramar (East & West) PlantsMiramar, FL1 of 60.0417 ppb128,729
Liberty Utilities - Bellflower - NorwalkDowney, CA1 of 160.0363 ppb72,884
Wallingford Water DepartmentWallingford, CT1 of 170.0294 ppb37,267
Lee County Utilities*Fort Myers, FL1 of 70.0286 ppb236,944
EdinaEdina, MN1 of 60.0250 ppb49,050
AlexandriaAlexandria, MN3 of 350.0206 ppb12,415
Hicksville WDHicksville, NY2 of 6830.00201 ppb48,000

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.