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Lessons from the Chemical Spill in West Virginia

The chemical spill in West Virginia this month affected the water of 300,000 people and included an interesting lesson. The chemical is 4-methylcyclohexanemthanol and no one knew at first how to remove it from water. The first assumption was that it was a volatile organic compound but carbon filters failed to remove it. Venting also would not work.

Here’s what is known about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-methylcyclohexanemethanol

Because it is a hydrocarbon, I recommend a hydrocarbon filter to remove it. These are generally used to remove low levels of oil or gasoline that have found their way into private well water. Continue reading