The Effects of VOCs in Water

May 09 , 2023

The Effects of VOCs in Water

Watch out! There’s a new class of chemicals that you’ll have to look out for in your water. The culprit? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the commonly found, carbon-based gases emitted by furniture, plastics and everyday household cleaning items, to name just a few. And they can be found in your water, too.

But wait – why would you need to worry about gases polluting water? Come with us, and we’ll show you which VOCs to watch out for, how they get into your water and how you can protect your water. 

VOCs are natural compounds that are often found in everyday objects and substances. Because of their chemical makeup, they evaporate easily. Luckily, VOCs are released in very small amounts over a long period of time, keeping them from posing a more serious threat. But because they’re so pervasive, you’re exposed to trace amounts of VOCs regularly, and that exposure can add up.

It’s safe to assume that you’ve been regularly exposed whenever you’ve pumped your gas, used hand sanitizer, or used any kind of household cleaning agent or solvent. Unfortunately, because these items are liquid, trace amounts often find their way into our water system. They can be washed down the drain, or they can leak into our groundwater through industrial leaks or improper disposal.

VOCs may sound a little scary, but if you take the right steps, you can do your best to avoid them. Here are our tips:

  • Dispose of VOC-containing substances properly. Don’t just pour cleaning products down the drain or on/in the ground. When you do your part, our water will benefit.
  • Smell your water. Water is supposed to be unscented. However, if your water smells sweet or chemically, you should probably either test it or…
  • Get a water filter! King Water Filtration’s systems use advanced water treatment technologies to neutralize VOCs and ensure you have the cleanest possible water available for drinking, bathing, etc.

Like all contaminants we’ve profiled, it all comes down to preparation. If you’re prepared and ready to face the problem, you’ll be ready to keep VOCs at bay and enjoy your water without worry. If you’re interested in setting up a water filtration system today, contact us at 1-855-957-2166 or schedule a consultation via our contact form.