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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Carbon tetrachloride

City of Georgetown

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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19

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND30ND

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
2012-07-12AB95153ND
2012-07-12AB95151ND
2012-07-12AB95155ND
2013-08-29Q1306583003ND
2013-08-29Q1306583001ND
2013-09-25Q1308517001ND
2014-09-25AC68260ND
2014-09-25AC68264ND
2014-09-25AC68258ND
2015-09-15AD07139ND
2015-09-15AD07147ND
2015-09-15AD07149ND
2016-04-21AD33769ND
2016-09-09AD48628ND
2016-09-09AD48634ND
2016-09-09AD48630ND
2017-07-06AD88506ND
2017-07-06AD88508ND
2017-07-06AD88510ND