23
Sep
2016
Treatment

A Public Health Anniversary: US Drinking Water Chlorination


16
Sep
2016
Emergency Preparedness
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, pandemics1 , disease outbreaks, terrorist attacks. We may not like to think about the disasters that can befall us, but these potential events warrant our preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month, and a new infographic-The Power of Preparedness-from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that over 60... Read More »

02
Sep
2016
Drinking Water
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Water Quality & Health Council Member Joan B. Rose, PhD, Receives Stockholm Water Prize

Some 3,000 scientists, government officials and policy experts representing 120 countries gathered in Stockholm this week for the 26th annual World Water Week conference. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute, World Water Week is “the annual focal point for the globes’ water issues,” according to the Institute’s website. A highlight of the week was... Read More »

19
Aug
2016
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

What Are Zoonotic Diseases?

If you guessed that ZOOnotic diseases have something to do with animals, you are right.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a zoonotic disease is one that can spread between animals and humans under natural conditions—such as in homes, on farms, and at county fairs and petting zoos—and can be caused... Read More »

08
Jul
2016
Wastewater
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

The Global Water Pathogen Project: Helping to Meet the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

As nations work to meet the 17 post-2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a significant new resource that will help “ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” the focus of SDG #6.   That resource is the Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP), the largest single coordinated effort of... Read More »

04
Mar
2016
Wastewater
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Water Experts Use Technology to Promote Safe Water and Sanitation

Controlling human exposure to waterborne pathogens associated with fecal waste is a key factor in attaining the goal of safe drinking water and sanitation for all, (Sustainable Development Goal #6 in the 2030 United Nations Agenda).  What does it take to make significant strides toward that lofty goal?  Try a group of nine international scientific... Read More »

12
Feb
2016
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Into the Belly of the Beast: Maintaining Water Quality in Elevated Water Storage Tanks

We hear much about the vast, leaky water distribution system below our feet, but not much about some of the more highly visible, towering components of this system.  These are the elevated water storage tanks that dot our landscape, looking like odd, other-worldly creatures. Elevated water storage tanks are a source of pressurized drinking water... Read More »

29
Jan
2016
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Keeping the Lead out of Drinking Water

The recent lead in drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan raises questions about the role of water distribution infrastructure in altering the quality of water delivered to consumers.  In Flint, lead was leached from the water distribution system after the city changed from the Detroit Water System, which takes water from Lake Huron, to the... Read More »

31
Dec
2015
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Meet the Water Quality & Health Council

Who We Are:  The WQ&HC is a multidisciplinary group of independent experts sponsored by the American Chemistry Council’s Chlorine Chemistry Division. The group’s knowledge and experience span science and medicine, public health policy, consumer advocacy, environmental engineering, risk assessment and emergency response.  In 2016, the American Chemistry Council and the WQ&HC will celebrate the 25th... Read More »

24
Dec
2015
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

A Snow Crystal is Born

Because we think quite a bit about good old H2O, our holiday gift to you is a mesmerizing video of the birth of a snow crystal, provided with the kind permission of Professor Kenneth Libbrecht of Caltech. Professor Libbrecht photographs snow crystals as they grow, controlling their shapes by changing the temperature and humidity. Enjoy!... Read More »