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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)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND60ND
2016ND40ND
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
2012-02-29AB82330ND
2012-02-29AB82328ND
2013-02-26AC11569ND
2013-02-26AC11571ND
2014-01-15AC39002ND
2014-01-15AC38994ND
2014-01-15AC38992ND
2015-02-24AC81713ND
2015-02-24AC81699ND
2015-02-24AC81709ND
2015-02-24AC81697ND
2015-09-10AD06572ND
2015-12-03AD15456ND
2016-02-25AD25795ND
2016-02-25AD25791ND
2016-02-25AD25783ND
2016-02-25AD25785ND
2017-06-01AD86432ND
2017-06-01AD86412ND
2017-06-01AD86408ND
2017-06-01AD86426ND