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The Problems of Chemical Water Contamination

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By now, most of you are probably familiar with the current situation in West Virginia in which a chemical leak caused water contamination that affected over 300,000 people.

State officials imposed water-use restrictions Thursday 1/9/14 after discovering that about 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, known as MCHM, had leaked out of a storage tank into the Elk River and entered the domestic water system..

Residents were told to use tap water only for flushing toilets, bottled water was to be used to wash hands, brush teeth and take showers.  Police, firefighters and National Guard troops have been helping distribute bottled water to residents. …

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