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Virginia Tech engineers study the physical and chemical behavior of MCHM in the environment


Engineers standing by a water tower

Water towers and storage tanks can be lined with polymer materials, including epoxy linings. These linings may absorb organic chemicals and then release them to later contaminate the water. When the contaminants have a detectable taste, odor or color, then consumers will avoid drinking from the tap and will rely on bottled water. The team of civil and environmental engineers from Virginia Tech studying these structures include Andrea Dietrich (left) and PhD student Amanda Sain.

Credit: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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