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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

Lubbock Public Water System

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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16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013ND50ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND30ND

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
2013-01-161301430004ND
2013-06-11Q1302096011ND
2013-07-09Q1303566005ND
2013-08-06Q1304984007ND
2013-12-10Q1317110006ND
2014-01-22Q1401929002ND
2014-02-12Q1404338003ND
2015-02-03Q1504173001ND
2015-02-11Q1505820001ND
2015-04-07Q1513290006ND
2016-02-03Q1604716011ND
2016-02-03Q1604716004ND
2016-04-06Q1613543001ND
2017-02-08Q1705565007ND
2017-08-10Q1734366011ND
2017-09-27Q1746701005ND