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Vinyl chloride

Florin County Water District

Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen used for production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics. Discharges from plastics manufacturing can contaminate drinking water with vinyl chloride. Read More.

Exposure to vinyl chloride increases the risk of cancer and can damage the liver and nervous system. The California public health goal of 0.05 parts per billion, set to protect against cancer, is 40 times lower than the amount allowed by the federal government, which is a Maximum Contaminant Level of 2 parts per billion.

Plastic pipes made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlorinated PVC (CPVC) are widely used for drinking water distribution lines and internal plumbing, raising concern about vinyl chloride contamination of drinking water. A study published in 2011 by Ryan Walter of Cornell University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering suggested that small amounts of vinyl chloride can leach from PVC pipes. Vinyl chloride can also form in the pipes as a result of water disinfection with chlorine.

In an assessment completed in 2000, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment stated that drinking water is not a significant source of exposure to vinyl chloride for the general population.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

30

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND70ND
2015ND170ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.05 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.05 ppb for vinyl chloride was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2 ppb

The legal limit for vinyl chloride, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to vinyl chloride exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-305810-009-0956ND
2012-08-295810-003-0937ND
2013-04-155810-012-1325ND
2013-07-185810-007-0914ND
2013-12-125810-007-0950ND
2013-12-125810-006-1427ND
2014-04-305810-002-1017ND
2014-04-305810-003-0927ND
2014-04-305810-004-1054ND
2014-04-305810-006-1241ND
2014-04-305810-007-0841ND
2014-04-305810-009-1200ND
2014-08-075810-010-1305ND
2015-02-115810-009-1216ND
2015-02-115810-007-0906ND
2015-02-115810-010-1305ND
2015-02-115810-012-0948ND
2015-02-115810-006-1402ND
2015-02-115810-004-1115ND
2015-05-275810-003-1012ND
2015-05-275810-012-0923ND
2015-05-275810-009-1159ND
2015-05-275810-004-1053ND
2015-05-275810-006-1258ND
2015-09-235810-003-1044ND
2015-09-235810-004-1147ND
2015-09-235810-006-1336ND
2015-09-235810-007-0932ND
2015-09-235810-009-1247ND
2015-09-235810-012-1009ND