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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 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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Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2014ND50ND
2015ND80ND
2016ND100ND
2017ND80ND
2018ND10ND
2019ND20ND

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
2014-01-28E131205516ND
2014-04-10E140302161ND
2014-07-28E140602132ND
2014-10-27E140904165ND
2014-10-27E140904166ND
2015-01-14VA010-DCLSND
2015-01-14VA010-DCLSND
2015-04-15VA010-DCLSND
2015-04-28VA010-DCLSND
2015-08-03VA010-DCLSND
2015-08-26VA010-DCLSND
2015-10-13VA010-DCLSND
2015-10-13VA010-DCLSND
2016-02-03E160100828ND
2016-02-03E160100824ND
2016-04-06E160203378ND
2016-04-06E160203382ND
2016-07-25E160601592ND
2016-07-27E160601580ND
2016-10-19E160903973ND
2016-10-19E160903970ND
2016-10-19E160903980ND
2016-10-19E160903981ND
2017-02-01E161200819ND
2017-02-01E161200822ND
2017-05-15E170203789ND
2017-05-15E170203793ND
2017-08-15E170503920ND
2017-08-15E170503922ND
2017-11-28E170903299ND
2017-11-28E170903294ND
2018-03-26E171203487ND
2019-03-26E181206035ND
2019-09-10E190706394ND