What is TCP?

1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) is a chemical that was an unnecessary ingredient in agricultural soil fumigants applied to farm fields from the 1950s to the 1980s. After being applied to the ground over many years, TCP has migrated down into our groundwater and has been detected in several District wells. The State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW) says that, while TCP levels in our water do not pose a health emergency and there is no need to use an alternative (e.g. bottled) water supply, some people who drink water containing TCP over many years may have an increased risk of cancer, based on studies of laboratory animals.

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1. What is TCP?
2. What is Monte Vista Water District doing about TCP?
3. How is TCP removed from the water?
4. Where can I learn more about Monte Vista Water District's water quality?