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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority

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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41

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND100ND
2014ND80ND
2015ND100ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND40ND

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
2012-04-26L4137880-1ND
2012-10-03K37856VOCND
2012-10-11L4355327-5ND
2012-11-28L4401344-1ND
2013-01-16L4462640-6ND
2013-01-16L38920VOCND
2013-01-23L39016VOCND
2013-04-16L4564986-2ND
2013-04-23L39915VOCND
2013-06-19L4650919-1ND
2013-07-25L4701713-1ND
2013-09-18L4771816-1ND
2013-10-03L4762169-18ND
2013-12-09L4862173-2ND
2014-01-16L4901499-1ND
2014-03-25L4988369-5ND
2014-07-01L1085611-2ND
2014-07-28L5178946-8ND
2014-07-28L5175072-3ND
2014-10-14L5288299-1ND
2014-11-05L5284676-6ND
2014-12-11M47835VOCND
2015-01-06N48013VOCND
2015-02-04N48329VOCND
2015-04-29N49417VOCND
2015-05-29N49936VOCND
2015-07-06N50510VOCND
2015-07-09L5700688-5ND
2015-07-21N50811VOCND
2015-08-13L5763792-1ND
2015-08-25NJ51418VOCND
2015-12-10L5956674-3ND
2016-01-06L5966600-5ND
2016-02-10L6066726-2ND
2016-04-06L6170012-2ND
2016-08-03L6366994-6ND
2016-10-05L6501851-2ND
2017-02-22L6687631-1ND
2017-04-06L6755583-1ND
2017-07-12L6903538-1ND
2017-10-16L6961470-1ND