MTBE Ground Water Contamination
U.S.G.S. researchers have examined the occurrence of of MTBE in ground water supplies through out the United States, concluding that the highest concentrations of MTBE is in shallow ground water beneath urban areas. The fear is that these contaminated waters can percolate down into aquifers where much of our drinking water comes from. MTBE was detected as frequently as some other chemicals that have been used for longer periods of time. MTBE was detected more frequently in urban areas compared to other land use types, such as agricultural areas, putting shallow ground water supply in these areas at risk for contamination.
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