On January 9, 2014, 4-Methyl-1-cyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) was spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia, contaminating the water supply of over 300,000 residents. The lab found that Purinize reduced concentrations of MCMH by 99.9 percent within 48 hours of treatment.
Lakes, rivers, and streams are contaminated with agricultural chemicals, industrial pollutants, hazardous waste, heavy metals, disinfectants and their byproducts, and even pharmaceutical drugs Purinize says its patented water purifier solution addresses all of these contaminants. It consists of concentrated mineral salts and purified water.
Purinize says it reduces waterborne pathogens as well as hundreds of other contaminants, such as industrial chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals like arsenic and lead, pharmaceuticals like steroids and antibiotics, and disinfectants without chemicals like chlorines and iodine.
Toxicity of these chemicals necessitates that they be used as a short-term solution; extended use could potentially cause side effects such as mouth, esophagus, or stomach irritation. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, extended use could cause anemia for many years. It is designed specifically for emergency as well as long-term water treatment and storage, according to the company,