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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

Bladen County Water Dist-West Bladen

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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86

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND160ND
2013ND160ND
2014ND200ND
2015ND170ND
2016ND80ND
2017ND90ND

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
2012-01-048527-010412-E11VND
2012-01-048527-010412-L06VND
2012-01-118527-011112-E08VND
2012-01-118527-011112-E09VND
2012-04-048527-040412-L06VND
2012-04-048527-040412-E11VND
2012-04-048527-040412-E09VND
2012-04-048527-040412-E08VND
2012-07-028527-070212-L06VND
2012-07-028527-070212-E11VND
2012-07-028527-070212-E09VND
2012-07-028527-070212-E08VND
2012-10-038527-100312-L06VND
2012-10-038527-100312-E11VND
2012-10-038527-100312-E09VND
2012-10-038527-100312-E08VND
2013-01-238527-012313-E08VND
2013-02-068527-020613-L06VND
2013-02-068527-020613-E11VND
2013-04-038527-040313-E08VND
2013-04-038527-040313-L06VND
2013-04-038527-040313-E11VND
2013-08-078527-080713-E05VND
2013-09-048527-090413-L06VND
2013-09-048527-090413-E11VND
2013-09-048527-090413-E09VND
2013-09-048527-090413-E08VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E11VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E09VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E08VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E05VND
2013-11-068527-110613-L06VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E11VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E09VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E08VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E05VND
2014-02-128527-021214-L06VND
2014-04-028527-040214-E05VND
2014-04-028527-040214-E08VND
2014-04-028527-040214-E11VND
2014-04-028527-040214-L06VND
2014-04-238527-042314-E04VND
2014-06-048527-060414-E04VND
2014-07-028527-070214-E05VND
2014-07-028527-070214-E08VND
2014-07-028527-070214-E11VND
2014-07-028527-070214-L06VND
2014-09-178527-091714-E09VND
2014-10-018527-100114-E05VND
2014-10-018527-100114-E08VND
2014-10-018527-100114-E11VND
2014-10-018527-100114-L06VND
2015-01-07ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-02-04ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-09-02ND
2015-10-01ND
2015-10-01ND
2015-11-04ND
2016-01-068527-010616-E05VND
2016-04-068527-040616-E05VND
2016-07-058527-070516-E05VND
2016-07-058527-070516-L06VND
2016-09-068527-090616-E09VND
2016-10-048527-100416-E05VND
2016-10-048527-100416-E11VND
2016-11-028527-110216-E11VND
2017-01-048527-010417-E05VND
2017-04-058527-040517-E05VND
2017-04-058527-040517-E04VND
2017-07-058527-070517-L06VND
2017-07-058527-070517-E05VND
2017-09-058527-090517-E09VND
2017-10-048527-100417-E05VND
2017-10-048527-100417-E11VND
2017-10-048527-100417-L06VND