Trichloroethylene, a volatile organic chemical, is a colorless or blue liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Trichloroethylene is primarily used to remove grease from fabricated metal parts and in the production of some textiles. The major source of trichloroethylene in drinking water is discharge from metal degreasing sites and other factories. Wastewater from metal finishing, paint and ink formulation, electrical components, and rubber processing industries may also contain trichloroethylene.
Some people who drink water containing trichloroethylene well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Trichloroethylene levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Trichloroethylene 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 Trichloroethylene in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants
- ODH Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Water Systems Council - wellcare® information for you about TCE (Trichloroethylene) & Groundwater