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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

City of Hereford

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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23

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND60ND
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
2012-03-08AB83427ND
2012-03-08AB83425ND
2012-05-30AB91325ND
2013-05-28Q1301569015ND
2013-05-28Q1301569018ND
2013-05-28Q1301569019ND
2014-02-12Q1404321004ND
2014-02-12Q1404321014ND
2014-02-12Q1404321012ND
2015-01-29Q1503619008ND
2015-01-29Q1503619001ND
2015-01-29Q1503619003ND
2015-01-29Q1503619006ND
2016-02-10Q1605969003ND
2016-02-10Q1605969002ND
2016-03-17Q1611196004ND
2016-03-17Q1611196002ND
2016-09-15Q1637842006ND
2016-10-18Q1644175005ND
2017-01-17Q1702053006ND
2017-04-10Q1714723001ND
2017-05-09Q1718998002ND
2017-07-13Q1728901008ND