Paragon Laboratories
12649 Richfield Ct.
Livonia, MI 48150
734.462.3900 Phone

Drinking Water Analysis by EPA 524.2


EPA 524.2 is used to determine the concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. Volatile Organic Compounds include both regulated and unregulated compounds which are listed in the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations.


EPA 524.2 is performed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

Holding Time

When chilled, dechlorinated, and HCL-preserved, samples have a 14-day holding time. Samples not analyzed within this period must be discarded and replaced.

Container and Preservative

Collect all samples in (2) 40-mL vials which contain 25 mg of ascorbic acid. Slowly fill each vial ½ way, making sure not to flush out the dissolving ascorbic acid from the vial. Carefully add 2 drops of 1:1 HCl to each vial. Finish filling the vial to that the water "crowns" at the top of the vial. Cap the vial and invert 3 to 4 times to mix.

Shipping/Transport Instructions

Immediately chill all samples within 15 minutes of collection to at or below 4 degrees C (≤4°C) by placing the samples in a sample refrigerator or in a cooler with ice. Samples must be maintained at that temperature until analysis. Field samples that will not be received at the laboratory on the day of collection must be packaged for shipment with sufficient ice to ensure that they will be >0°C to ≤4°C upon arrival at the laboratory.

Analytes and Reporting Limits

Analytes included on our State of Michigan Drinking Water Certification are designated as such.

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Analyte CAS Number Reporting Limit MI Cert
Regulated Compounds      
Benzene   0.5 μg/L
Carbon tetrachloride   0.5 μg/L
Chlorobenzene   0.5 μg/L
1,2-Dichlorobenzene   0.5 μg/L
1,4-Dichlorobenzene   0.5 μg/L
1,1-Dichloroethene   0.5 μg/L
cis-1,2-Dichloroethene   0.5 μg/L
trans-1,2-Dichloroethene   0.5 μg/L
1,2-Dichloroethane (EDC)   0.5 μg/L
1,2-Dichloropropane   0.5 μg/L
Ethylbenzene   0.5 μg/L
Tetrachloroethene (PCE)   0.5 μg/L
Toluene   0.5 μg/L
1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene   0.5 μg/L
1,1,1-Trichloroethane   0.5 μg/L
1,1,2-Trichloroethane   0.5 μg/L
Trichloroethene (TCE)   0.5 μg/L
Methylene chloride (DCM)   0.5 μg/L
Styrene   0.5 μg/L
Vinyl chloride   0.5 μg/L
Xylenes, Total   0.5 μg/L
Unregulated Compounds      
Bromobenzene   0.5 μg/L
Bromochloromethane   0.5 μg/L
Bromomethane (Methyl bromide)   0.5 μg/L
n-Butylbenzene   0.5 μg/L
sec-Butylbenzene   0.5 μg/L
tert-Butylbenzene   0.5 μg/L
Chloroethane   0.5 μg/L
Chloromethane(Methyl chloride)   0.5 μg/L
2-Chlorotoluene   0.5 μg/L
4-Chlorotoluene   0.5 μg/L
Dibromomethane   0.5 μg/L
1,3-Dichlorobenzene   0.5 μg/L
Dichlorodifluoromethane   0.5 μg/L
1,1-Dichloroethane   0.5 μg/L
1,3-Dichloropropane   0.5 μg/L
2,2-Dichloropropane   0.5 μg/L
1,1-Dichloropropene   0.5 μg/L
cis-1,3-Dichloropropene   0.5 μg/L
trans-1,3-Dichloropropene   0.5 μg/L
Hexachlorobutadiene   0.5 μg/L
Isopropylbenzene (Cumene)   0.5 μg/L
4-Isopropyltoluene   0.5 μg/L
Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)   0.5 μg/L
n-Propylbenzene   0.5 μg/L
1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane   0.5 μg/L
1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane   0.5 μg/L
1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene   0.5 μg/L
Trichlorofluoromethane   0.5 μg/L
1,2,3-Trichloropropane   0.5 μg/L
1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene (TMB)   0.5 μg/L
1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene (TMB)   0.5 μg/L