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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

California Water Service Co-leona Valley

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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43

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND100ND
2013ND90ND
2014ND100ND
2015ND60ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND40ND

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
2012-01-245701-008-1250ND
2012-02-285701-006-1415ND
2012-02-285701-001-1410ND
2012-05-235701-006-1230ND
2012-05-235701-001-1215ND
2012-08-155701-006-1144ND
2012-08-155701-001-1136ND
2012-08-155701-008-1128ND
2012-11-195701-006-1210ND
2012-11-195701-001-1217ND
2013-01-225701-008-1135ND
2013-02-125701-006-1115ND
2013-02-125701-001-1100ND
2013-05-215701-001-1447ND
2013-08-265701-008-1202ND
2013-08-265701-006-1213ND
2013-08-265701-001-1220ND
2013-11-195701-006-1056ND
2013-11-195701-001-1045ND
2014-01-215701-008-1129ND
2014-02-185701-001-1113ND
2014-02-185701-006-1123ND
2014-05-275701-001-1212ND
2014-05-275701-006-1215ND
2014-08-255701-006-1055ND
2014-08-255701-008-1025ND
2014-08-255701-001-1040ND
2014-11-185701-001-1124ND
2014-11-185701-006-1130ND
2015-01-205701-008-1108ND
2015-02-175701-001-1116ND
2015-02-175701-006-1128ND
2015-05-195701-006-1021ND
2015-05-195701-001-1028ND
2015-08-185701-008-1055ND
2016-01-195701-008-1500ND
2016-05-245701-006-1238ND
2016-05-245701-001-1244ND
2016-08-039590-008-1045ND
2017-01-245701-008-1506ND
2017-05-025701-006-1241ND
2017-05-025701-001-1245ND
2017-08-225701-008-1525ND