EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE


Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

City of Waynesboro

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. Read More.

Studies conducted in the U.S. and Europe have found that drinking tap water that carries disinfection byproducts increases the risk of developing bladder cancer. In animal studies, all trihalomethanes cause liver, kidney and intestinal tumors. Some human epidemiological studies also reported an association between disinfection byproducts and an increased risk of problems during pregnancy, including spontaneous miscarriage, cardiovascular defects, neural tube defects and low birth weight.

The health guideline of 0.15 parts per billion, or ppb, for the group of four trihalomethanes, or THM4/TTHM, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-one-million lifetime cancer risk level.

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Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20123.32 ppb441.14 ppb - 4.69 ppb
20133.37 ppb770.260 ppb - 7.24 ppb
20142.08 ppb1615ND - 4.96 ppb
20152.47 ppb1211ND - 7.35 ppb
20162.29 ppb1613ND - 6.15 ppb
20173.29 ppb1614ND - 7.78 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The health guideline of 0.15 parts per billion, or ppb, for the group of four trihalomethanes, or THM4/TTHM, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-one-million lifetime cancer risk level.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 80 ppb

The legal limit for the group of four trihalomethanes, established in 1998, was based on the need for residual disinfectant levels in water served to customers and the cost of treatment. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to exposure to trihalomethanes.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-251201N32-01AT1.14 ppb
2012-04-231204M43-01AT2.96 ppb
2012-07-271207Q46-01A4.69 ppb
2012-10-101210C85-01AT4.49 ppb
2013-01-211301J65-01AT1.51 ppb
2013-04-161304J55-02A3.24 ppb
2013-07-151307G38-01AT7.24 ppb
2013-11-131311F92-03AT5.00 ppb
2013-11-131311F92-01AT4.15 ppb
2013-11-131311F92-05AT0.260 ppb
2013-11-131311F92-07AT2.18 ppb
2014-02-191402L23-03AT0.300 ppb
2014-02-191402L23-07AT1.37 ppb
2014-02-191402L23-05AT1.42 ppb
2014-02-241402O99-02AT1.13 ppb
2014-05-121405E86-06AT2.65 ppb
2014-05-121405E86-08AT3.28 ppb
2014-05-121405E86-05AT2.65 ppb
2014-05-121405E86-07AT0.250 ppb
2014-08-131408H25-03A-T4.96 ppb
2014-08-131408H25-07A-T4.92 ppb
2014-08-131408H25-01A-T0.750 ppb
2014-11-171411K79-06A-T1.36 ppb
2014-11-171411K79-08A-T0.290 ppb
2014-11-171411K79-04A-T3.94 ppb
2014-11-171411K79-02A-T4.00 ppb
2015-03-1800281-REI CONSUL0.870 ppb
2015-03-1800281-REI CONSUL1.50 ppb
2015-03-1800281-REI CONSUL2.28 ppb
2015-03-1800281-REI CONSUL2.12 ppb
2015-08-1100281-REI CONSULND
2015-08-1100281-REI CONSUL0.940 ppb
2015-08-1100281-REI CONSUL3.50 ppb
2015-08-1100281-REI CONSUL7.35 ppb
2015-11-1600281-REI CONSUL4.15 ppb
2015-11-1600281-REI CONSUL4.31 ppb
2015-11-1600281-REI CONSUL0.860 ppb
2015-11-1600281-REI CONSUL1.72 ppb
2016-02-221602R71-03A1.78 ppb
2016-02-221602R71-05A1.96 ppb
2016-02-221602R71-01A2.28 ppb
2016-02-221602R71-07A0.920 ppb
2016-05-1816052406-05A1.04 ppb
2016-05-1816052406-03A2.94 ppb
2016-05-1816052406-01A3.58 ppb
2016-08-1716082909-06A1.85 ppb
2016-08-1716082909-04A5.21 ppb
2016-08-1716082909-02A6.15 ppb
2016-11-0916111504-05A2.23 ppb
2016-11-0916111504-01A3.68 ppb
2016-11-0916111504-03A3.03 ppb
2017-02-0717021182-02A1.67 ppb
2017-02-0717021182-06A1.58 ppb
2017-02-0717021182-04A1.37 ppb
2017-05-2217052892-05A6.18 ppb
2017-05-2217052892-03A3.13 ppb
2017-05-2217052892-07A7.78 ppb
2017-05-2217052892-01A1.13 ppb
2017-08-2117083473-04A6.05 ppb
2017-08-2117083473-06A6.12 ppb
2017-08-2117083473-08A7.46 ppb
2017-11-0617111120-07A0.930 ppb
2017-11-0617111120-03A2.68 ppb
2017-11-0617111120-01A2.73 ppb
2017-11-0617111120-05A3.89 ppb