Vinyl chloride is a colorless organic gas with a sweet odor. Vinyl chloride is used in the manufacture of numerous products in building construction, automotive industry, electrical wire insulation and cables, piping, industrial and household equipment, medical supplies, and is depended upon heavily by the rubber, paper, and glass industries. The major sources of vinyl chloride in drinking water are leaching from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping; and discharge from plastics factories.
Some people who drink water containing vinyl chloride well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years may have an increased risk of cancer.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Vinyl chloride levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Vinyl chloride levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - Vinyl Chloride
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - Vinyl Chloride