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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

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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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90

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND100ND
2014ND120ND
2015ND180ND
2016ND240ND
2017ND220ND

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
2012-02-152B16058-04ND
2012-02-152B16058-03ND
2012-02-152B16058-02ND
2012-02-152B16058-01ND
2013-03-293D02074-01ND
2013-06-253F25067-06ND
2013-06-253F25067-03ND
2013-06-253F25067-02ND
2013-06-253F25067-01ND
2013-09-283I30025-02ND
2013-09-283I30025-01ND
2013-11-253K26108-03ND
2013-11-253K26108-02ND
2013-11-253K26108-01ND
2014-03-134C14011-08ND
2014-03-134C14011-05ND
2014-05-294E30010-06ND
2014-05-294E30010-05ND
2014-08-114H12133-02ND
2014-08-114H12133-01ND
2014-08-114H12133-03ND
2014-08-114H12133-04ND
2014-08-114H12133-05ND
2014-12-044L05007-06RE1ND
2014-12-044L05007-05RE1ND
2014-12-044L05007-04RE1ND
2015-03-165C17090-04ND
2015-03-165C17090-03ND
2015-03-165C17090-02ND
2015-03-165C17090-01ND
2015-06-245F26009-04ND
2015-06-245F26009-01ND
2015-06-245F26009-02ND
2015-06-245F26009-03ND
2015-08-175H18116-08ND
2015-08-175H18116-07ND
2015-12-085L08161-10ND
2015-12-085L08161-09ND
2015-12-085L08161-08ND
2015-12-085L08161-04ND
2015-12-225L22074-01ND
2015-12-225L22074-02ND
2015-12-225L22074-03ND
2015-12-225L22074-04ND
2016-02-226B23061-05ND
2016-02-226B23061-03ND
2016-02-236B23061-04ND
2016-03-246C25003-05ND
2016-03-246C25003-04ND
2016-03-246C25003-03ND
2016-03-246C25003-02ND
2016-03-246C25003-01ND
2016-04-286D29012-03ND
2016-04-286D29012-01ND
2016-04-286D29012-02ND
2016-04-286D29012-04ND
2016-04-286D29012-05ND
2016-08-186H19015-06ND
2016-08-186H19015-05ND
2016-08-186H19015-04ND
2016-08-186H19015-03ND
2016-08-186H19015-01ND
2016-12-286L29046-02ND
2016-12-286L29046-01ND
2016-12-286L29046-03ND
2016-12-286L29046-05ND
2016-12-286L29046-06ND
2016-12-286L29046-04ND
2017-03-237C24009-06ND
2017-03-237C24009-05ND
2017-03-237C24009-04ND
2017-03-237C24009-03ND
2017-03-237C24009-02ND
2017-03-237C24009-01ND
2017-06-297F29076-03ND
2017-06-297F29076-02ND
2017-06-297F29076-04ND
2017-06-297F29076-05ND
2017-06-307G03081-02ND
2017-06-307G03081-01ND
2017-09-117I12038-05ND
2017-10-317K01144-01ND
2017-10-317K01144-09ND
2017-10-317K01144-08ND
2017-10-317K01144-07ND
2017-10-317K01144-06ND
2017-10-317K01144-05ND
2017-10-317K01144-04ND
2017-10-317K01144-03ND
2017-10-317K01144-02ND