EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE



Belleville Waterworks

Chloroform, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Chloroform and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Read More.

In addition to tap water disinfection, chloroform pollution in the environment also comes from industrial discharges from pulp and paper mills, and from urban wastewater effluent. Human studies show that chloroform damages the kidneys, liver and central nervous system. In animals, chloroform causes infertility, birth defects and cancer.

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Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20141.30 ppb111.30 ppb
20150.700 ppb110.700 ppb
20161.10 ppb111.10 ppb
20170.665 ppb220.540 ppb - 0.790 ppb
20180.500 ppb110.500 ppb
20190.790 ppb110.790 ppb

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 chloroform was proposed in 2018 by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment 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
2014-07-288063951.30 ppb
2015-09-108824300.700 ppb
2016-08-299419041.10 ppb
2017-09-2010197210.540 ppb
2017-09-2010197250.790 ppb
2018-09-1910818760.500 ppb
2019-08-2711439540.790 ppb