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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

La Habra Heights County Water District

Dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, or perc, can cause cancer. It pollutes soil and groundwater due to emissions from dry cleaning facilities, and automotive, metalworking and other industries. Read More.

The EPA considers tetrachloroethylene a likely human carcinogen. It has been linked with increased incidence of lung, breast and colon cancers. Tetrachloroethylene also damages the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. The California public health goal of 0.06 parts per billion, set to protect against cancer, is 80 times lower than the amount allowed by the federal government, which is a Maximum Contaminant Level of 5 parts per billion.

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22

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.06 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.06 ppb for tetrachloroethylene 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 tetrachloroethylene, established in 1991, 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 tetrachloroethylene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-292706-009-0855ND
2012-04-172706-010-1335ND
2012-08-132706-005-1045ND
2013-01-222706-009-1115ND
2013-02-282706-005-1105ND
2013-04-252706-010-1055ND
2013-07-162706-005-1340ND
2014-01-089588-009-0929ND
2014-04-119588-010-0930ND
2014-07-229588-005-0950ND
2015-03-049588-009-0928ND
2015-04-109588-010-0920ND
2015-07-289588-005-0947ND
2015-09-169588-006-1010ND
2016-03-219588-009-0940ND
2016-07-139588-005-0907ND
2016-07-139588-010-0840ND
2016-07-139588-006-0857ND
2017-01-179588-009-0925ND
2017-07-199588-010-0900ND
2017-07-199588-006-0934ND
2017-07-199588-005-0915ND