Water for GCMS Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon containing compounds that evaporate easily at normal temperatures. They are typically generated from petroleum products, plastics, paints and solvents,. Other sources are the disinfecting agents used to control microbial contaminants in drinking water. Disinfecting agents react with naturally occurring organic matter in the source water to produce VOCs known as trihalomethanes. When VOCs are spilled or improperly disposed of a portion will evaporate, but some will soak into the ground and eventually end up in drinking water supplies


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