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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

City of Sugar Land

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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26

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND70ND
2016ND80ND
2017ND60ND

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
2012-08-23AB99562ND
2013-12-03AC36506ND
2014-02-11AC42218ND
2014-04-29AC52055ND
2014-07-23AC60702ND
2015-01-22AC77367ND
2015-04-01AC86976ND
2015-04-01AC86982ND
2015-04-01AC86978ND
2015-04-01AC86980ND
2015-04-01AC86974ND
2015-04-01AC86970ND
2016-02-02AD21460ND
2016-02-02AD21456ND
2016-02-02AD21458ND
2016-02-02AD21464ND
2016-02-02AD21462ND
2016-02-02AD21466ND
2016-09-01AD47688ND
2016-10-05AD52573ND
2017-01-04AD62987ND
2017-03-22AD76321ND
2017-03-22AD76341ND
2017-03-22AD76323ND
2017-03-22AD76345ND
2017-04-03AD78053ND