Water Filters and Methylcyclohexane Methanol

There is growing concern about the chemical spill in West Virginia. The biggest one being if a quality home water filter will remove Water Filters and Methylcyclohexane Methanol. This is serious shit people…there is not enough research on the chemical…they do not know how harmful or safe it is!!! I urge everyone to filter their water. This is not even safe to get on your skin. Officials were warning against even washing their clothes in water tainted with Water Filters and Methylcyclohexane Methanol. Heaven only knows if it is even safe to breathe!

CAS number 34885-03-5
PubChem 118193
ChemSpider 105625
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C8H16O
Molar mass 128.21 g mol?1
Appearance Colourless liquid
Odor mint-like
Density 0.9074 g/cm3
Boiling point 202 °C; 396 °F; 475 K ([2])
Solubility in water low
Refractive index (nD) 1.4617[1]
R-phrases R36/37/38
S-phrases S26, S36/37/39
Flash point 80 °C (176 °F)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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The path this poison is traveling is spreading. It is not evaporating fast enough to be out of the water. As it evaporates, who knows how toxic it is to breath.

Although they are lifting the bans on using the tainted water, they are continuing to warn pregnant women to avoid it. Is it safe for anyone if they are warning mothers to be to avoid it? I would think no! As this chemical continues its path, how many others should stop drinking their tap water? If it seeps into the ground, will it still evaporate?

A world leader in water purification, Berkey Water Filter gives this statement:

The chemical that was leaked in West Virginia is an organic chemical. This is a relatively unknown chemical that is not on the EPA’s organic chemical list to test for and for this reason we have not specifically tested this organic chemical compound, therefore we cannot say yes or no. The organic compounds that we have tested for show the lowest removal rate was 86% removal, but the majority tested greater than 99% removal. Without specific testing we cannot make any claim on this specific chemical, but the data suggest that we would likely be very efficient at removing the chemical, given that it is an organic chemical/compound.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management released this statement earlier this week,

Statement Regarding MCHM in Ohio River:
A contamination originating in the Elk River in West Virginia has spread to the Ohio River, and is expected to reach intakes at Mt. Vernon and Evansville by the weekend.

The chemical contaminating the river, known as MCHM, is used in cleaning coal. The CDC says the chemical is safe as long as it is diluted to 1.0 part per million of water. This contamination was measured at 0.036 parts per million on Monday, significantly lower than the CDC amount. The plume will dilute even more when it passes through Indiana.

Local water utilities will coordinate with IDEM, the US EPA, the US Coast Guard, and the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to track the plume and make necessary preparations.

Vanderburgh and Posey are the only counties in Indiana that draw their water from the Ohio River. All other Ohio River counties use wells. Indiana systems drawing from the Ohio River are prepared to use additional treatments if the chemical is detected in their intake.

The contamination entered the Ohio River system approximately 700 river miles upstream from Indiana drinking water intakes.

Cincinnati shut down its river intakes Tuesday, and will be feeding from their reservoirs until the contamination passes. Officials from Louisville do not think it will be a problem for them, as they use a riverbank filtration system and feel it is sufficient to handle this situation.

The plume of chemical was 60 miles long on Tuesday. The river was moving at three miles per hour, so the plume was taking approximately 20 hours to pass a given location. However, as it moves through Indiana, the plume will lengthen, and river speeds could vary as well.

This should be a wake up call to us all about the safety of our drinking water. It doesn’t matter if your water comes from a well on your property or a municipal water supply. Filter your water!! Safe drinking water is becoming more scarce. Even bottled water contains many contaminants. 



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