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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Carbon tetrachloride

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Carbon tetrachloride, a volatile carcinogenic solvent, has been used in industrial chemical production and as a dry cleaning ingredient. Read More.

Carbon tetrachloride is no longer permitted in products intended for home use in the U.S. In the past, it was widely used as a dry cleaning ingredient, fire extinguishing chemical, pesticide and chemical intermediate for manufacturing refrigerants. Carbon tetrachloride does not break down easily and can remain in groundwater for years. In addition to increasing cancer risk, carbon tetrachloride harms the liver and causes central nervous system depression, irregular heart rate, and kidney damage. Maternal exposure to carbon tetrachloride in drinking water has been associated with a risk of birth defects.

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23

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND80ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND40ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND10ND
2017ND80ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for carbon tetrachloride 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 carbon tetrachloride, 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 due to carbon tetrachloride exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-080190002_07_00424ND
2012-02-080190002_08_00424ND
2012-05-170190002_07_00593ND
2012-05-170190002_08_00593ND
2012-07-260190002_08_00312ND
2012-07-260190002_07_00312ND
2012-10-310190002_07_21890ND
2012-10-310190002_08_21890ND
2013-08-140190002_07_00677ND
2013-08-140190002_08_00677ND
2014-07-280190002_07_00408ND
2014-07-280190002_08_00408ND
2014-09-120190002_08_L5251ND
2014-09-120190002_07_L5251ND
2016-03-30E16003664001ND
2017-03-30E17003825004ND
2017-03-30E17003825006ND
2017-04-04L6753780-1ND
2017-04-12L6763074_1VOCND
2017-04-19L6769607-2ND
2017-04-19L67696073ND
2017-04-19L6769607-1ND
2017-06-13L6853722-1ND