Tap water pollutes groundwater

Aquifers beneath Coventry have been contaminated by chloroform in tap water leaking from mains supply pipes, a hydrogeological study has concluded.

The extensive solvent contamination of aquifers beneath Coventry was revealed by a study by Birmingham University three years ago (ENDS Report 178, p 6).

Some of the subsequent findings were discussed at a recent meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry by Dr David Lerner, the leader of the research team.

The study found levels of the solvents trichloroethylene, carbon tetrac

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