Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short-term and long-term adverse health effects. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that both vaporize into air and dissolve into water. VOCs are pervasive in daily life, because they are used in industry, agriculture, transportation, and day-to-day activities around the home. Once released into groundwater, many VOCs are persistent and can migrate to drinking-water supplies. More than 500 different compounds have been found in drinking water (see chart). Trihalomethanes (THMs), solvents, and gasoline oxygenate MTBE were among the most frequently detected VOCs in public well water samples (pg. 33 USGS survey).