Tetrachloroethylene is a colorless organic liquid with a mild, chloroform-like odor. The greatest use of tetrachloroethylene is in the textile industry, and as a component of aerosol dry-cleaning products. The major source of tetrachloroethylene in drinking water is discharge from factories and dry cleaners.
Some people who drink water containing tetrachloroethylene well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could have problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Tetrachloroethylene levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Tetrachloroethylene levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about Tetrachloroethylene in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - Tetrachloroethylene (PERC)
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants
- ODH Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - Tetrachloroethylene