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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

Lincoln Avenue Water Company

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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Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND120ND
2013ND100ND
2014ND110ND
2015ND120ND
2016ND120ND
2017ND110ND

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
2012-01-033761-006-1100ND
2012-02-073761-006-0905ND
2012-03-063761-006-1000ND
2012-04-033761-006-1000ND
2012-05-013761-006-0930ND
2012-06-053761-006-1100ND
2012-07-033761-006-0950ND
2012-08-073761-006-0710ND
2012-09-043761-006-1000ND
2012-10-023761-006-1108ND
2012-11-063761-006-1015ND
2012-12-043761-006-0905ND
2013-01-023761-006-1000ND
2013-02-053761-006-0955ND
2013-03-053761-006-1000ND
2013-05-073761-006-0940ND
2013-06-043761-006-0930ND
2013-07-023761-006-0935ND
2013-08-063761-006-0950ND
2013-09-033761-006-1000ND
2013-10-013761-006-0945ND
2013-12-033761-006-1030ND
2014-01-073761-006-0935ND
2014-02-043761-006-0930ND
2014-03-043761-006-0945ND
2014-04-013761-006-0840ND
2014-05-063761-006-1040ND
2014-06-033761-006-1000ND
2014-07-013761-006-0940ND
2014-08-053761-006-1115ND
2014-09-023761-006-1040ND
2014-10-073761-006-1040ND
2014-12-023761-006-0940ND
2015-01-063761-006-1030ND
2015-02-033761-006-0930ND
2015-03-033761-006-1120ND
2015-04-073761-006-1135ND
2015-05-053761-006-1110ND
2015-06-023761-006-1005ND
2015-07-073761-006-1125ND
2015-08-053761-006-1120ND
2015-09-013761-006-0926ND
2015-10-063761-006-1030ND
2015-11-033761-006-1120ND
2015-12-013761-006-1040ND
2016-01-053761-006-1015ND
2016-02-023761-006-0845ND
2016-03-013761-006-1000ND
2016-04-053761-006-0840ND
2016-05-033761-006-1055ND
2016-06-073761-006-0925ND
2016-07-053761-006-1030ND
2016-08-023761-006-1100ND
2016-09-063761-006-0945ND
2016-10-043761-006-1025ND
2016-11-013761-006-1010ND
2016-12-063761-006-0950ND
2017-01-033761-006-0930ND
2017-02-073761-006-1100ND
2017-03-073761-006-1100ND
2017-04-043761-006-0903ND
2017-05-023761-006-1105ND
2017-06-063761-006-0940ND
2017-07-033761-006-0955ND
2017-09-053761-006-1100ND
2017-10-033761-006-1030ND
2017-11-213761-006-1045ND
2017-12-043761-006-0915ND