13
Nov
2015
Drinking Water

The Problem with Intermittent Water Delivery in Developing Countries


29
Oct
2015
Treatment
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Do Point-of-Use Water Quality Interventions Work?

In many regions of the developing world, good drinking water quality is far from a “given.” The fact is that water contaminated with fecal matter causes widespread diarrheal illness and death, disproportionally affecting children under the age of five.  Recently, a group of researchers from The Cochrane Collaboration assessed several water treatment interventions taken at the household point of use for their effectiveness in improving water quality and preventing diarrhea.... Read More »

24
Jul
2015
Treatment
by Water Quality & Health Council

Substances that Cause Tap Water Taste, Odor and Appearance

A drink of tap water is a complex sensory experience that reflects a wide range of factors, including: the natural environment of the source water, including whether the source water hails from above (lake or river) or below (ground water) the Earth’s surface; water treatment processes; the household plumbing system; and the consumer’s sensitivity to taste and odor. This week we examine some of the common substances in water and the scenarios that may impart a color, taste or odor to tap water.... Read More »

17
Jul
2015
Treatment
by Water Quality & Health Council

Tap Water Taste, Odor and Appearance: Why They Matter

We instinctively use our senses to evaluate tap water. The best rated water looks crystal-clear, and tastes and smells refreshing. Appearance, taste and odor are not necessarily indicative of actual water quality, however, because water contaminants may be clear, tasteless and odorless. Case in point: the small Canadian city of Chilliwack, British Columbia.... Read More »

10
Jul
2015
Wastewater
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

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

Graphic from UN Millennium Development Goals and Beyond 2015 website  In 2000, the United Nations adopted a set of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve the lives of the poorest people on Earth.  As the 15-year MDG timeline runs out, a final report on this ambitious program reflects both mixed success and overall optimism. ... Read More »

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 »