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Testing for Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water

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This morning we received an email from 'DanF' who asked, "Interested in having water samples tested for vinyl chloride. Would like to have a sample from tap and one from filtered tested. As well as some of the more common contaminant tests. Thanks."

Hello, Dan, and thank you for your inquiry. At this time we do not know of an at-home water test kit capable of detecting vinyl chloride, but we do know that National Testing Laboratories offers mail-in water testing services that include vinyl chloride detection. Links to two of their capable products to follow:

http://shop.watertestingblog.com/Watercheck-City-Check-Standard-Test-Kit-NTL-WATERCHECK-CITY-STANDARD.htm

and...

http://shop.watertestingblog.com/Watercheck-City-Check-Deluxe-Test-Kit-NTL-WATERCHECK-CITY-DELUXE.htm

Note:  NTL typically sends water test results back to its customers via email in approximately 10 business days.

What is Vinyl Chloride and How Does It Get Into Drinking Water?

Vinyl chloride is a colorless organic gas with a sweet odor. It is used in the manufacture of numerous products in buildings and construction, the 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.

In other words, you can find potential sources of vinyl chloride all around you, but thankfully industry USUALLY keeps a close eye on its supplies and tries hard to minimize leaks of vinyl chloride into the environment.