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Drinking Water Exposure to Chemical and Pathogenic Contaminants: MTBE and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

There are many different volatile organic compounds in common usage throughout our society in industry as well as at our homes. These compounds also vary in toxicity and behavior in the environment making some more threatening to drinking water supplies than others. The USEPA has determined Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for some VOCs; however, many do not have MCLs.

The USGS provides occurrence data and information on VOCs in environmental, untreated, and treated drinking water throughout the United States regardless of whether there is an associated MCL. U.S. Geological Research also includes more detailed studies on movement of VOCs in the environment.

In Drinking Water:

Sources, environmental occurrence, fate and transport:

Other Sources of USGS Information on Volatile Organic Compounds:


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