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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

Mission Springs WD

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
2012ND20ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND100ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND100ND

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
2012-08-133761-030-0744ND
2012-10-313761-026-1014ND
2014-07-073761-026-0825ND
2014-07-073761-014-0911ND
2014-07-083761-030-0922ND
2014-07-083761-015-0849ND
2014-07-083761-010-0747ND
2014-07-083761-008-0817ND
2014-07-093761-025-1118ND
2014-07-093761-017-1051ND
2014-07-093761-011-1203ND
2014-07-093761-013-1035ND
2017-06-013761-013-1108ND
2017-06-013761-015-1246ND
2017-06-053761-026-1200ND
2017-06-053761-014-1130ND
2017-06-063761-017-1100ND
2017-06-063761-025-1300ND
2017-06-063761-011-1200ND
2017-06-063761-010-0945ND
2017-06-073761-030-1200ND
2017-06-073761-008-1124ND