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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Trichloroethylene

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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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21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

2

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.850 ppb21ND - 1.70 ppb
2013N/A00N/A
20140.575 ppb21ND - 1.15 ppb
2015ND30ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND90ND

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
2012-09-27AC022701.70 ppb
2012-09-27AC02272ND
2014-06-24Q14232140041.15 ppb
2014-06-24Q1423214002ND
2015-06-23Q1523311006ND
2015-06-23Q1523311004ND
2015-06-23Q1523311002ND
2016-03-08Q1609693005ND
2016-03-08Q1609693004ND
2016-03-08Q1609693001ND
2016-12-13Q1654192014ND
2016-12-13Q1654192012ND
2017-03-21Q1711955005ND
2017-03-21Q1711955004ND
2017-03-21Q1711955002ND
2017-03-21Q1711955012ND
2017-03-21Q1711955011ND
2017-06-07AD86938ND
2017-06-21Q1725672001ND
2017-07-25Q1730588010ND
2017-07-25Q1730588005ND