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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

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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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48

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND80ND
2013ND80ND
2014ND70ND
2015ND80ND
2016ND80ND
2017ND90ND

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
2012-02-099590-006-1037ND
2012-02-099590-007-1017ND
2012-04-129590-007-1150ND
2012-04-129590-006-0830ND
2012-07-129590-006-1012ND
2012-07-129590-007-0950ND
2012-10-119590-006-1100ND
2012-10-119590-007-1109ND
2013-01-109590-007-0940ND
2013-01-109590-006-0925ND
2013-04-119590-007-0901ND
2013-04-119590-006-0841ND
2013-07-119590-007-0925ND
2013-07-119590-006-0912ND
2013-10-109590-007-1205ND
2013-10-109590-006-1140ND
2014-01-169590-007-1105ND
2014-04-109590-007-0936ND
2014-05-299590-006-0955ND
2014-07-179590-007-0850ND
2014-07-179590-006-0825ND
2014-10-139590-007-1037ND
2014-10-139590-006-1005ND
2015-01-159590-007-0925ND
2015-01-159590-006-1023ND
2015-04-239590-006-1100ND
2015-04-239590-007-1118ND
2015-07-169590-006-0910ND
2015-07-169590-007-0925ND
2015-10-159590-006-0920ND
2015-10-159590-007-0930ND
2016-01-079590-006-0855ND
2016-01-079590-007-0930ND
2016-04-149590-007-1055ND
2016-04-149590-006-1115ND
2016-07-219590-007-0815ND
2016-07-219590-006-0858ND
2016-10-069590-007-1115ND
2016-10-069590-006-1045ND
2017-01-129590-006-0855ND
2017-02-239590-007-1155ND
2017-04-139590-007-0911ND
2017-04-139590-007-0900ND
2017-04-139590-006-0940ND
2017-04-139590-006-0930ND
2017-07-139590-006-0840ND
2017-07-139590-007-1000ND
2017-10-199590-007-0945ND