EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE




Chloroform, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Chloroform and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Read More.

In addition to tap water disinfection, chloroform pollution in the environment also comes from industrial discharges from pulp and paper mills, and from urban wastewater effluent. Human studies show that chloroform damages the kidneys, liver and central nervous system. In animals, chloroform causes infertility, birth defects and cancer.

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Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20131.25 ppb550.942 ppb - 1.75 ppb
20141.09 ppb12120.745 ppb - 1.37 ppb
20151.04 ppb220.790 ppb - 1.29 ppb
20160.914 ppb220.788 ppb - 1.04 ppb
20171.00 ppb220.902 ppb - 1.10 ppb

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 chloroform was proposed in 2018 by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-07-253080157-011.75 ppb
2013-10-163102695-010.942 ppb
2013-10-163102695-021.21 ppb
2013-10-163102695-041.18 ppb
2013-10-163102695-031.16 ppb
2014-02-034020626-010.745 ppb
2014-02-034020626-041.03 ppb
2014-02-034020626-020.990 ppb
2014-02-034020626-031.14 ppb
2014-04-164042955-031.19 ppb
2014-04-164042955-041.37 ppb
2014-04-164042955-021.08 ppb
2014-04-164042955-010.884 ppb
2014-07-174073847-020.887 ppb
2014-07-174073847-031.31 ppb
2014-07-174073847-011.22 ppb
2014-07-174073847-041.18 ppb
2015-07-215073938-010.790 ppb
2015-07-215073938-021.29 ppb
2016-07-146072742-010.788 ppb
2016-07-146072742-021.04 ppb
2017-07-187073365-010.902 ppb
2017-07-187073365-021.10 ppb