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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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24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND80ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND40ND

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
2012-06-18AB93093ND
2012-09-12AC00839ND
2013-09-23Q1307889005ND
2013-12-12Q1317624022ND
2013-12-12Q1317624030ND
2014-04-07AC49476ND
2014-04-07AC49474ND
2014-09-10AC66591ND
2015-03-24AC85862ND
2015-03-24AC85884ND
2015-03-24AC85872ND
2015-03-24AC85874ND
2015-03-24AC85864ND
2015-05-27AC93421ND
2015-09-30AD09128ND
2015-12-07AD15734ND
2016-03-09AD27935ND
2016-03-09AD27931ND
2016-03-09AD27937ND
2016-03-09AD27933ND
2017-03-07AD73764ND
2017-03-07AD73762ND
2017-11-21AE05570ND
2017-11-21AE05566ND