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  • Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause fouling

    Civil and environmental engineering professor Helen Nguyen has found that water-softening additives may increase the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip that bacteria have on pipe interiors.

    Civil and environmental engineering professor Helen Nguyen has found that water-softening additives may increase the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip that bacteria have on pipe interiors.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Helen Nguyen, call 217-244-5965; thn@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Effect of divalent ions and a polyphosphate on composition, structure, and stiffness of simulated drinking water biofilms” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41522-018-0058-1