What should people do if TCE is found in their drinking water?

TCE at levels detected so far in the wells is not anticipated to absorb through the skin or through inhalation of vapors in sufficient amounts to cause adverse effects. Therefore, taking showers, swimming, and washing dishes poses a minimal risk to human health. To be on the safe side, though, the Health Department recommends installing a whole-house aeration and granular activated carbon filtration device if your well is found to contain TCE Additionally, if you have specific health conditions that warrant extra caution, you may wish to consult your health care provider to discuss whether an alternate source of drinking water is recommended such as bottled water.

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1. What is trichloroethylene?
2. How are people exposed to trichloroethylene?
3. How much TCE is permitted in drinking water?
4. Where has TCE been found in Loudoun County?
5. What is the source of the well water contamination?
6. How was this contamination found?
7. What are the health effects of TCE?
8. How will this affect my pregnancy or children?
9. Will this affect my pets or plants?
10. What is the Health Department doing in response to these findings?
11. What should people do if TCE is found in their drinking water?
12. I live in CountrySide. Is my water safe to consume and use?
13. Where can I find out more about TCE in Loudoun County?