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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Carbon tetrachloride

San Fernando Water Department

Carbon tetrachloride, a volatile carcinogenic solvent, has been used in industrial chemical production and as a dry cleaning ingredient. Read More.

Carbon tetrachloride is no longer permitted in products intended for home use in the U.S. In the past, it was widely used as a dry cleaning ingredient, fire extinguishing chemical, pesticide and chemical intermediate for manufacturing refrigerants. Carbon tetrachloride does not break down easily and can remain in groundwater for years. In addition to increasing cancer risk, carbon tetrachloride harms the liver and causes central nervous system depression, irregular heart rate, and kidney damage. Maternal exposure to carbon tetrachloride in drinking water has been associated with a risk of birth defects.

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21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for carbon tetrachloride 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 cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for carbon tetrachloride, 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 due to carbon tetrachloride exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-189590-004-0920ND
2012-01-189590-003-1000ND
2012-01-189590-002-1035ND
2012-09-109590-004-0910ND
2013-01-099590-004-0830ND
2013-01-099590-003-0915ND
2013-01-099590-002-0940ND
2014-01-229590-004-0840ND
2014-01-229590-003-0950ND
2014-01-229590-002-0905ND
2015-01-219590-002-0820ND
2015-01-219590-003-1015ND
2015-01-219590-004-0905ND
2016-02-179590-002-0920ND
2016-02-179590-004-0900ND
2016-04-139590-004-0820ND
2017-01-259590-004-0800ND
2017-01-259590-003-0855ND
2017-01-259590-002-0715ND
2017-04-059590-004-0920ND
2017-10-249590-004-0715ND