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Occurrence and Potential Human-Health Relevance of Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water from Domestic Wells in the United States

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health Perspectives, November 2007
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Title
Occurrence and Potential Human-Health Relevance of Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water from Domestic Wells in the United States
Published in
Environmental Health Perspectives, November 2007
DOI 10.1289/ehp.10253
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Authors

Barbara L. Rowe, Patricia L. Toccalino, Michael J. Moran, John S. Zogorski, Curtis V. Price

Abstract

As the population and demand for safe drinking water from domestic wells increase, it is important to examine water quality and contaminant occurrence. A national assessment in 2006 by the U.S. Geological Survey reported findings for 55 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) based on 2,401 domestic wells sampled during 1985-2002. We examined the occurrence of individual and multiple VOCs and assessed the potential human-health relevance of VOC concentrations. We also identified hydrogeologic and anthropogenic variables that influence the probability of VOC occurrence. The domestic well samples were collected at the wellhead before treatment of water and analyzed for 55 VOCs. Results were used to examine VOC occurrence and identify associations of multiple explanatory variables using logistic regression analyses. We used a screening-level assessment to compare VOC concentrations to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) and health-based screening levels. We detected VOCs in 65% of the samples; about one-half of these samples contained VOC mixtures. Frequently detected VOCs included chloroform, toluene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, and perchloroethene. VOC concentrations generally were < 1 microg/L. One or more VOC concentrations were greater than MCLs in 1.2% of samples, including dibromochloropropane, 1,2-dichloropropane, and ethylene dibromide (fumigants); perchloroethene and trichloroethene (solvents); and 1,1-dichloroethene (organic synthesis compound). Drinking water supplied by domestic wells is vulnerable to low-level VOC contamination. About 1% of samples had concentrations of potential human-health concern. Identifying factors associated with VOC occurrence may aid in understanding the sources, transport, and fate of VOCs in groundwater.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 5%
Spain 2 3%
United Kingdom 1 2%
Australia 1 2%
India 1 2%
Mexico 1 2%
Unknown 57 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 14 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 18%
Student > Master 11 17%
Student > Bachelor 10 15%
Professor > Associate Professor 6 9%
Other 9 14%
Unknown 4 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 17 26%
Engineering 8 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 11%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 5 8%
Other 9 14%
Unknown 12 18%

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#3,488,368
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#3,083
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#96,601
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#38
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