Trichloroethylene (TCE) In Your Drinking Water?

Why you should look for TCE in your drinking water -by Britt Mittemeijer

Our local paper today carried an article about the suffering TCE (trichloroethylene) in the drinking water supply has caused many inhabitants of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

TCE is a known human cancer-causing chemical (EPA).  Fuel leaks and other sources of pollution can and do create a toxic cocktail that finds its way into drinking water supplies.  The Camp Lejeune area had to deal with this water contamination for decades and now people with several forms of cancer — kidney, bladder and male breast cancer — affirm that the drinking water is the source of their illness, and health officials believe as many as 1 million people have been exposed to the tainted water.

This is not a pleasant subject, but a good opportunity to explain that TCE (trichloroethylene) is part of a group of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOC)s.  There is a long list of VOCs and other contaminants and most of them have a detrimental effect on body systems.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that VOCs are present in one-fifth of the nation’s water supplies.

The good news here is that TCE or any of the VOCs are not necessarily in all drinking water sources; they may or many not be in the water that comes into your home.  Yet for protection against TCE and other contaminants that may be there, it is increasingly desirable to have a drinking water system that effectively deals with such chemicals.

Multi-Pure drinking water systems are tested and certified by the National Sanitation Foundation to reduce TCEs and a list of other VOCs along with a variety of other water contaminants.  You can check this out here and then scroll down to find Standard 53, which lists individual contaminants and find VOCs.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Better water, better health to you,


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