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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

Syracuse City

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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24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND40ND
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
2012-02-161Q2012 POCS SYRND
2012-05-082Q2012 POCS SYRND
2012-08-143Q2012 POCS SYRND
2012-11-134Q2012 POCS SYRND
2013-02-121Q2013 POCS SYRND
2013-05-142013 POCS SYRACUND
2013-08-133Q2013 POCS SYRAND
2013-11-134Q2013 POCS SYRAND
2014-02-111Q2014 POCS SYRND
2014-05-132Q2014 POCS SYRND
2014-08-123Q2014 POCS SYRND
2014-11-124Q2014 POCS SYRND
2015-02-111Q2015 POC SYRND
2015-05-132015 POCS SYRND
2015-08-113Q2015 POCS SYRND
2015-11-094Q2015 POCS SYRND
2016-02-091Q2016 POCS SYRND
2016-05-102Q2016 POC SYRND
2016-08-113Q2016 POC SYRND
2016-11-164Q2016 POCS SYRND
2017-02-161Q2017 POCS SYRND
2017-05-102Q2017 POCS SYRND
2017-08-163Q2017 POCS SYRND
2017-11-154Q2017 POCS SYRND