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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

City of Scottsdale

Trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent and common groundwater pollutant, damages the immune system, harms the developing fetus and causes cancer. Read More.

Trichloroethylene was once commonly used to remove grease from metal parts, such as steel pipes and engines, and as a solvent in dry cleaning and carpet cleaning products. Drinking trichloroethylene-contaminated drinking water has been linked with birth defects, leukemia, and liver and kidney damage. Trichloroethylene is highly volatile and can enter indoor air through water in pipes. If trichloroethylene is present, people can inhale it while bathing, washing dishes and doing other household activities that involve water.

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75

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND100ND
2013ND120ND
2014ND160ND
2015ND100ND
2016ND100ND
2017ND170ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.4 ppb for trichloroethylene was defined by the state of Minnesota as health risk limit, the concentration of a contaminant that can be consumed with little or no risk to health. This health guideline protects against harm to the developing fetus and damage to the immune system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for trichloroethylene, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer and harm to the developing fetus.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-13AB29780ND
2012-03-22AB29992ND
2012-03-22AB29991ND
2012-04-10AB30425VND
2012-05-31AB31398VND
2012-06-14AB31789ND
2012-07-31AB32870VND
2012-09-132091617-01ND
2012-10-30AB35234ND
2012-12-12PVL1122-01ND
2013-02-27AB37658VND
2013-03-06PWC0477-01ND
2013-03-12AB37901VND
2013-05-293060213-01ND
2013-06-043060563-01ND
2013-06-063060562-02ND
2013-06-103060814-01ND
2013-06-20AB39776VND
2013-08-01AB41340VND
2013-09-17AB42192VND
2013-11-14550-14761-1ND
2013-12-193121743-01ND
2014-02-05AB45662ND
2014-02-05AB45661ND
2014-02-05AB45660ND
2014-02-05AB45659ND
2014-02-12AB45865ND
2014-02-13AB45913ND
2014-03-184031529-01VND
2014-03-194031630-01VND
2014-06-03AB48513VND
2014-06-12AB48763VND
2014-08-05AB49916ND
2014-08-064080551-01VND
2014-08-07AB49988ND
2014-08-27AB50551ND
2014-11-10AB52409VND
2014-11-18AB52684VND
2015-01-265012122-01VND
2015-03-04AB55258VND
2015-03-04AB55247ND
2015-05-19AB57090VND
2015-06-15AB57584VND
2015-07-22AB58586ND
2015-07-28AB58723ND
2015-09-23AB60333ND
2015-11-11AB61680ND
2015-12-07AB62200ND
2016-01-12AB62917ND
2016-03-07AB64247ND
2016-03-07AB64246ND
2016-06-09550-65006-1ND
2016-06-09550-65005-1ND
2016-08-22550-68726-1VND
2016-08-25550-68729-1VND
2016-08-31AB68676VND
2016-12-06AB71090ND
2016-12-27550-74974-1ND
2017-01-23AB72209ND
2017-01-31AB72398ND
2017-01-31AB72396ND
2017-03-13AB73529ND
2017-04-11AB74281VOCND
2017-04-18AB74456VOCND
2017-05-03AB74954VOCND
2017-05-03AB74952VOCND
2017-05-11AB75252VOCND
2017-05-25AB75560VOCND
2017-06-29AB76530VOCND
2017-06-29AB76529VOCND
2017-07-10AB76770VOCND
2017-07-10AB76769VOCND
2017-08-09AB77831ND
2017-10-10550-91495-1ND
2017-11-01550-92599-1ND