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Trichloroethylene

Moore County Public Util. - Pinehurst

Trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent and common groundwater pollutant, damages the immune system, harms the developing fetus and causes cancer. Read More.

Trichloroethylene was once commonly used to remove grease from metal parts, such as steel pipes and engines, and as a solvent in dry cleaning and carpet cleaning products. Drinking trichloroethylene-contaminated drinking water has been linked with birth defects, leukemia, and liver and kidney damage. Trichloroethylene is highly volatile and can enter indoor air through water in pipes. If trichloroethylene is present, people can inhale it while bathing, washing dishes and doing other household activities that involve water.

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43

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND180ND
2014ND160ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND20ND

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 trichloroethylene was defined by the state of Minnesota as health risk limit, the concentration of a contaminant that can be consumed with little or no risk to health. This health guideline protects against harm to the developing fetus and damage to the immune system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for trichloroethylene, 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 and harm to the developing fetus.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-2437729_12-01991ND
2012-08-3037729_12-24132ND
2012-11-1937729_12-32868ND
2013-03-1237729_13-07115ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07110ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07111ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07112ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07113ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07114ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07109ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07108ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07107ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07106ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07105ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07104ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07103ND
2013-03-1337729_13-07102ND
2013-03-1937729_13-07722ND
2013-05-1437729_13-13228ND
2013-06-3037729_13-18554ND
2013-09-1737729_13-27691ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25402ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25400ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25395ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25393ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25388ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25386ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25390ND
2014-08-1837729_14-25389ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25401ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25391ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25399ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25398ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25397ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25396ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25394ND
2014-08-1937729_14-25392ND
2015-10-14ND
2015-10-14ND
2016-02-1737729_16-05058ND
2016-02-1737729_16-05059ND
2017-06-0737729_17-18950ND
2017-06-0737729_17-18951ND