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MTBE and Other VOCs in Drinking Water in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, has completed an assessment of the occurrence and distribution of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and other VOCs in public drinking water in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Data on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water supplied by community water systems (CWSs) for 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States from 1993-98 were used in this assessment. The data are from 2,110 CWSs representing a 20 percent random selection of the total 10,749 active CWSs in the region. The data were collected for compliance monitoring under the Safe Drinking Water Act from both surface-and ground-water sources and largely represent samples of finished drinking water collected prior to distribution

For additional information about this assessment please contact:

Greg Delzer
U.S. Geological Survey
1608 Mt. View Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
605 394-3230
gcdelzer@usgs.gov

Products

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Reports:

Grady, S.J. and Casey, G.D., 1999, A plan for assessing the occurrence and distribution of methyl tert-butyl ether and other volatile organic compounds in drinking water and ambient ground water in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the United States:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, OFR 99-207 pdf file, 36 p.

Grady, S.J., and Casey, G.D., 2001, Occurrence and distribution of methyl tert-butyl ether and other volatile organic compounds in drinking water in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, 1993-98: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report, WRIR 00-4228 pdf file, 123 p.

Moran, Michael, Grady, Stephen, and Zogorski, John, 2001, Occurrence and distribution of volatile organic compounds in drinking water supplied by community water systems in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, 1993-98: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-089-01 4p.

Data Set:

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