10
Jul
2015
Wastewater

Water, Sanitation and the Millennium Development Goals: A Report Card on Global Progress


01
May
2015
Outbreaks
by Fred Reiff, PE

Recent Trends in Waterborne Disease Outbreaks in the US

When waterborne outbreaks occur, US local and state health departments are obliged to report them to “WBDOSS,” the national Waterborne Disease and Outbreak Surveillance System.1 Since 1985, outbreak data have been compiled and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”2 (MMWR).... Read More »

20
Mar
2015
Drinking Water
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

World Water Day, 2015:  A Vital Role for Dihydrogen Oxide in Sustainable Development

World Water Day, March 22, is an annual celebration of one of humanity’s most precious resources—the chemical compound dihydrogen oxide, more commonly known as water, or, “H2O,”   the medium of life on the Blue Planet.  Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly instituted this annual celebration, and each has a particular theme.  This year’s... Read More »

13
Mar
2015
Drinking Water
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

TTHM in Drinking Water: The Flint, Michigan Story, A Lesson for Us All

The citizens of Flint, Michigan used to take the high quality of their drinking water for granted, expecting, like most of us, to access safe, wholesome water at the tap.  Lately, however, they are worried about the quality of their water and they have many questions for municipal officials. Flint residents are outraged over reports... Read More »

20
Feb
2015
Treatment
by Linda Golodner

Drinking Water and Chlorine Smell

How would you describe the taste and odor of your tap water? “A rich bouquet earthy flavors“? “Sulfurous aroma with a hint of chlorine”? Or “simply divine”? The aesthetic properties of your tap water depend upon your local natural water supply source, how your water is treated, and how it is delivered to you.  ... Read More »

26
Dec
2014
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Earth: The Water Planet

This holiday season we wish you joy and time for peaceful reflection. Please enjoy Earth:  The Water Planet, a stunning video by James McMath. A Video Treasure Shared by the Water Quality & Health Council... Read More »

19
Dec
2014
Emergency Preparedness
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Will you Have Enough Safe Water for Personal Hygiene in Case of an Emergency?

Nothing beats the comfort of a hot bath or shower after you’ve been drenched by rain or pelted by snow and ice. But when a weather or natural disaster emergency prevents your access to safe running water, life as you know it can change in an instant.  If your source of water is a private... Read More »

12
Dec
2014
Drinking Water
by Fred Reiff, PE

Drinking Water Safety and the Alaska Native People

Today almost all Alaska Native villages have treated drinking water supplies available for the residents by means of piped distribution systems and/or watering points from which the treated water can be hauled to the homes not connected to the distribution systems.  Many of these facilities were installed by the U.S. Public Health Service between 1960... Read More »

05
Dec
2014
Drinking Water
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Wisconsin “Healthography” Study Yields Surprising Insight into Childhood Gastrointestinal Illness

“Healthography:  How Where You Live Determines Your Health and Well-being” was the theme of last week’s American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.  “Healthography” is a new term for many, but its meaning can be demonstrated by an emerging drinking water issue in Wisconsin:  Children who live in areas that do not treat... Read More »

11
Jul
2014
Drinking Water
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

How to Read and Interpret Your Water Utility’s Drinking Water Quality Report (The Consumer Confidence Report)

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? A river? Lake? Aquifer? Are there contaminants in your drinking water?  What are their levels, and should you be concerned? Under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, all US residents served year-round by a municipal water utility are entitled to information on the quality of their... Read More »