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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloroacetic acid

Washington

Dichloroacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Click here to read more about disinfection byproducts.

 

24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

13

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
20134.98 ppb53ND - 8.80 ppb
20142.37 ppb124ND - 8.50 ppb
20157.71 ppb227.06 ppb - 8.35 ppb
20166.84 ppb226.60 ppb - 7.07 ppb
20179.73 ppb229.16 ppb - 10.3 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.7 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.7 ppb for dichloroacetic acid was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency 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
2012-08-242083441-01ND
2013-06-243063321-01ND
2013-11-133111794-03ND
2013-11-133111794-048.80 ppb
2013-11-133111794-027.50 ppb
2013-11-133111794-018.60 ppb
2014-02-134021645-045.80 ppb
2014-02-134021645-02ND
2014-02-134021645-01ND
2014-02-134021645-03ND
2014-05-134051765-047.70 ppb
2014-05-134051765-03ND
2014-05-134051765-028.50 ppb
2014-05-134051765-016.40 ppb
2014-08-134082532-02ND
2014-08-134082532-03ND
2014-08-134082532-01ND
2014-08-134082532-04ND
2015-11-235113501-028.35 ppb
2015-11-235113501-017.06 ppb
2016-11-166112647-017.07 ppb
2016-11-166112647-026.60 ppb
2017-11-177113329-0110.3 ppb
2017-11-177113329-029.16 ppb