AquaOx Filters Out Trichloroethylene (TCE)
What is Trichloroethylene?
Trichloroethylene is an organic chemical compound with a chloroform-like odor and blue color. The halocarbon can also be found as a colorless organic liquid. The chemical compound is highly volatile and nonflammable. Although sweet smelling, the trichloroethylene poses health threats and may have adverse effects on your health when exposed to the contaminant. It is often confused with 1,1,1-trichloroethane due to its similarities with chlorothene.
What Types of Industrial Uses Does it Have?
The main contribution of the chemical compound is as a degreaser for metal parts in the automotive and metal industry. Trichloroethylene is produced and used in paint and removal operations. The organic compound is also used for the control of rodents through fumigation. Trichloroethylene plays a significant role in the medical industry as an anesthetic.
How Does Trichloroethylene Get into Your Drinking Water?
The sweet smelling organic liquid can be quickly absorbed by groundwater and must be removed from sub-surface environments to prevent runoff and leakage into water systems. The most common cause of trichloroethylene in drinking water is improper storage and disposal of the chemical waste. Therefore, private wells located nearby industrial companies should check their water on a regular basis to monitor the potential presence of the pollutant in their drinking water.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Trichloroethylene?
Exposure to trichloroethylene-contaminated drinking water may result in a variety of health issues depending on the contaminant’s level of concentration in the water source. Trichloroethylene may damage the central nervous system, liver, kidney, as well as the male reproductive system. A higher level of exposure may lead to an increased risk of getting cancer. Long-term exposure to the contaminant may also increase the risk of autoimmune disease.
How Common is Trichloroethylene in Water?
Contamination is quite common in water systems near industrial companies producing and using the chemical compound.
What is the EPA’s Standards for Trichloroethylene in Drinking Water?
The maximum contaminant level goals (MCLG) for the contaminant trichloroethylene in water systems is set at zero by the EPA. The enforceable regulation for the water pollutant is at 0.005 mg/L or 5 ppb.
What is the Best Reduction Media for Removing Trichloroethylene from Drinking Water?
The use of granular activated carbon (GAC) in addition to packed tower aeration is an effective treatment method in the removal of trichloroethylene from drinking water. Water filter systems can help get rid of the contaminant so it won’t affect the health of your loved ones. AquaOx’s water filter systems are packed with premium granular activated carbon to make sure your family drinks fresh, clean, and safe water right from the faucet. Get the best protection from the chemical compound today with AquaOx and have a peace of mind tomorrow!
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is an industrial solvent that contaminates ground water and is also found in household and consumer products such as paint removers, correction fluid etc. Classified by IARC as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A) and as ‘reasonably anticipated to be carcinogenic to humans’ by NTP. Because it is volatile it moves from the water to the air when you bathe, shower, wash dishes, or flush a toilet. TCE is strongly associated with kidney, liver, and biliary cancers, and is a suspected carcinogen for cervical cancer, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, and leukemia.
From the Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel:
“TCE now is the most frequently detected organic solvent in groundwater and is present in as much as 34 percent of the nation’s drinking water supplies.”
*NOTE: Not all water contains all contaminants discussed. No water purifying system can remove 100% of every contaminant. If you have a concern about a specific contaminant, please contact us.