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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Carbon tetrachloride

City of Kerrville

Carbon tetrachloride, a volatile carcinogenic solvent, has been used in industrial chemical production and as a dry cleaning ingredient. Read More.

Carbon tetrachloride is no longer permitted in products intended for home use in the U.S. In the past, it was widely used as a dry cleaning ingredient, fire extinguishing chemical, pesticide and chemical intermediate for manufacturing refrigerants. Carbon tetrachloride does not break down easily and can remain in groundwater for years. In addition to increasing cancer risk, carbon tetrachloride harms the liver and causes central nervous system depression, irregular heart rate, and kidney damage. Maternal exposure to carbon tetrachloride in drinking water has been associated with a risk of birth defects.

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28

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND60ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND120ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for carbon tetrachloride 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 carbon tetrachloride, 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 due to carbon tetrachloride exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-041204117005ND
2012-07-251207951005ND
2012-10-041210228005ND
2013-07-29AC26104ND
2014-07-16AC59841ND
2015-04-15AC88380ND
2015-07-20AD00203ND
2015-07-20AD00201ND
2015-08-14AD04432ND
2015-08-14AD04428ND
2015-08-14AD04430ND
2016-02-01AD21129ND
2016-04-18AD33348ND
2016-07-05AD42974ND
2016-07-05AD42962ND
2016-10-24AD54358ND
2017-04-06AD78768ND
2017-05-08AD83088ND
2017-05-08AD83086ND
2017-05-09AD83355ND
2017-05-09AD83359ND
2017-05-09AD83357ND
2017-07-05AD88337ND
2017-07-05AD88335ND
2017-07-05AD88333ND
2017-07-05AD88339ND
2017-10-09AD99820ND
2017-10-09AD99818ND