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MTBE And Your Drinking Water

MTBE, Methyl Tert Butyl Ether, a gasoline additive, is being found in drinking water all over the United States due to fuel spills, leaking gas tanks and leaking underground gasoline storage tanks. MTBE has been used in gasoline since 1979 to replace lead as an octane enhancer as it helps prevent engine knock.

MTBE is contaminating our air, water, and soil. MTBE mixes well with water. Rain distributes MTBE nationwide. Storm runoff carries it into our streams, rivers, and reservoirs. MTBE is very transient as it washes easily through soil resulting in groundwater contamination. Cleanup is virtually impossible due to the vast contamination.

MTBE is a known carcinogen. Many studies regarding health effects of MTBE are currently underway. Cancer, Lymphoma, leukemia, testicular tumors, thyroid tumors and kidney tumors are a few of the known health effects at this time, but, small is known about the health effects of low level long term exposure.

MTBE, in heavier concentrations, causes terrible taste and odor in drinking water. If MTBE is present at levels of 20 – 40 ppb drinking water tastes and smells like turpentine.
At this time, 20 – 40 ppb is considered an acceptable level.

There are a few drinking water filters on the market today that can effectively reduce MTBE.

Public water systems are required to monitor for MTBE. If you are on city water, your local municipal water supplier can tell you if MTBE is in your tap water and to what degree. If you own a private well and suspicion possible MTBE contamination, have your well water tested. The EPA can provide you with contact information for certified drinking water testing laboratories. Call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800 426 4791 or go to
this website: epa.gov/safewater/faq/sco.html to obtain the phone number for the office in your state that certifies drinking water laboratories.

For more information regarding Yourv
drinking water see the following sites:
supremedrinkingwatersolutions.com
epa.gov
cdc.gov
nrdc.org

Patti Wilson
Drinking Water Consultant
St Augustine, Florida
Email – mailto:patti@supremedrinkingwatersolutions.com patti@supremedrinkingwatersolutions.com

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