What is Vinyl Chloride?

Also known as vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) or chloroethane, vinyl chloride is a colorless organochloride with a chemical formula of C2H3CI. The colorless gas with a pleasant odor is one of the most important petrochemicals produced world-wide. Vinyl chloride is a slightly soluble, flammable gas which can form explosive mixtures.

Is Vinyl Chloride Soluble in Water?

The slightly sweet-smelling gas has a relatively low water solubility which makes it soluble in almost all organic solvents. Since it’s highly considered as toxic and carcinogenic, vinyl chloride in groundwater can cause various health problems.

How Do You Remove Vinyl Chloride from Your Drinking Water?

According to the EPA, the recommended method of removing vinyl chloride from the water source is with packed tower aeration. Other ways to remove the chemical contaminant from the water is through the use of Reverse Osmosis, granular activated carbon (GAC), and other distillation methods. With most water filter systems packed with granular activated carbon, you can remove vinyl chloride to below the EPA’s regulated water standards.

What Does Vinyl Chloride Do to Your Body

Individuals who were exposed to vinyl chloride-contaminated drinking water may experience central nervous system effects and liver damages. Long-term consumption of the contaminant at levels above the MCL may result to damages to the liver. Acute or short-term exposure targets the central nervous system.

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