EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE


Dichloroacetic acid

Anthony Harbor Subdivision

Dichloroacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Click here to read more about disinfection byproducts.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
201220.0 ppb4416.4 ppb - 24.1 ppb
201324.0 ppb4413.2 ppb - 34.3 ppb
201433.7 ppb4423.2 ppb - 54.8 ppb
201537.3 ppb4421.6 ppb - 54.4 ppb
201644.7 ppb4425.0 ppb - 53.3 ppb
201729.5 ppb4421.1 ppb - 39.4 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.7 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.7 ppb for dichloroacetic acid was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-28120397300216.4 ppb
2012-06-28120698400224.1 ppb
2012-09-251209A2700216.5 ppb
2012-12-13121267200323.0 ppb
2013-03-20130379100228.7 ppb
2013-06-20Q130262000613.2 ppb
2013-09-26Q130823100134.3 ppb
2013-12-11Q131733900119.8 ppb
2014-03-26Q140990800123.2 ppb
2014-06-26Q142407900431.1 ppb
2014-09-25Q144825500125.8 ppb
2014-12-30Q146102000154.8 ppb
2015-03-24Q151090900134.2 ppb
2015-06-25Q152422000421.6 ppb
2015-09-29Q153834400154.4 ppb
2015-12-10Q154940200139.0 ppb
2016-03-23Q161219000125.0 ppb
2016-06-22Q162542000153.3 ppb
2016-09-22Q163967700152.4 ppb
2016-12-07Q165346200148.2 ppb
2017-03-02Q170898100139.4 ppb
2017-06-21Q172636600135.2 ppb
2017-09-19Q174533700122.3 ppb
2017-12-13Q176592100521.1 ppb