VOCs And Drinking Water?
To answer this question, we need to know what VOCs are. Volatile Organic Compounds are a combination of elements that readily convert into gases or vapors. This collection of containments is in serious need of examination and governance in water consumption because of their extensive and continuing use.
Many are surprised to discover how prevalent these VOCs are. Many are in fossil fuels and burning them releases these contaminants into the environment. Wood, gasoline, natural gas, and coal contain these toxins. These volatile organic compounds also exist in everyday products:
- Food Preservatives
- Disinfectants (cleaning supplies)
- Air Fresheners
Below are just a few examples of VOCs in routine use. Because of repetitive and sometimes daily use, levels of these toxins can be high.
- Copy Machines
- Moth Repellants
- Building Materials
- Dry Cleaning Fluids
How does the exposure to these elements happen?
The most common and almost unavoidable vulnerability is the air we breathe. Any machine that runs on fossil fuels is a hazard. Humankind is exposed to these VOCs by sitting in traffic. Working in and around diesel trucks and trains, smoking cigarettes, and secondhand smoke exposes those around them. These VOLs also exist in air fresheners.
Another mode of exposure is through the skin. Cleaners and disinfectants, paints, and some industrial adhesives contain VOCs.
Now for the real question, are these Volatile Organic Compounds in drinking water? It is a scary thought for families!
Now we know what Volatile Organic Compounds are; the next concern is, are they dangerous? The following is what researchers have found.
Most water sources, which include groundwater and wells, are within the government guidelines. The important word here is MOST. Federal guidelines require water sources have no more than 0.2 parts per billion of VOCs. It doesn’t sound like much; however, think about how much of that 0.2 billion has built up in any individual over time.
Below are some short- and long-term exposure illnesses due to VOCs.
Short-term VOC effects
- Irritation of eyes, nose, and throat
- Memory Loss
Long-term VOC effects
- Reproductive Damage
- Impact on cognitive functions
- Irregular heartbeat
Fortunately for those who drink water (that would be everyone), there is a solution to the VOC problem. Installing a water treatment system in a home or office environment can eliminate 99.9 percent of containments presently in your water.
Through a four-step filtering process called reverse osmosis, a water treatment system will clean your water. A series of filters trap nearly all containments, leaving the home or business owner clean, pure, healthy water throughout all the water sources.
Atlantic Coast Water Clinic is the area’s best provider of quality water filtration systems. Our company carries and installs Kinetico® water treatment systems. Kinetico® factory-authorized technicians and licensed plumbers are ready to answer any questions our customers may have.
We pride ourselves on being the Treasure Coast’s best installation of water treatments systems. Please call us for a free water quality test and options for water softening and water filtration systems. We are happy to help.