28
Feb
2020
Treatment

Flush with Success: Water Mains and Fire Hydrants


07
Feb
2020
Treatment
by Water Quality & Health Council

In the Balance: Drinking Water Chlorination and Disinfection Byproducts

In a nutshell… Drinking water chlorination requires balancing well-known risks of waterborne disease with potential long-term risks of exposure to disinfection byproducts (DBPs). This article highlights how the spread of misleading communications about DBP research can weaken public support for drinking water chlorination.   We’ve written extensively about drinking water chlorination, ranging from its remarkable... Read More »

10
Jan
2020
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Celebrating the Safe Drinking Water Act: 45 Years Later

In a nutshell… It’s never too late to celebrate safe drinking water. December 16th, 2019, marked the 45th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which continues to serve as the blueprint for protecting U.S. drinking water from source to tap.   Monday, December 16, 2019, marked the 45th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water... Read More »

15
Nov
2019
Treatment
by Bob G. Vincent, MPA, and Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

How to Disinfect Water Storage Tanks Using Chlorine Bleach

Eight-five percent of Americans get their daily drinking water from a community water system. About 15% rely on a private well for some or all of their household water. But just about everyone has seen and drunk water from a water storage tank or trailer. They come in all shapes and sizes. Many are permanent; others are temporary like those used at large outdoor events and “water buffalos” used by the military.... Read More »

11
Oct
2019
Treatment
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Water Quality Testing and Treatment Systems for Pharmaceuticals

Nearly half of all Americans take one or more prescription drugs, with the percentage soaring to 85 percent for persons aged 60 and above (myself included). Water is the most widely used substance in the production, formulation, and packing of myriad pharmaceuticals, which are compounds manufactured for use as medicinal drugs. Given the public health importance and global footprint of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, there are extensive testing and safety requirements to control the quality of water used throughout the manufacturing processes. This article explains how water impacts the medicines you take, and what lengths are taken to keep them safe.... Read More »

04
Oct
2019
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Addressing Water Scarcity: Future Plans for U.S. Water Reuse

Although snow-capped mountains are visible from much of Denver where I live, Colorado is one of 40 states that anticipate water scarcity challenges in the next decade. The Water Quality & Health Council has written dozens of articles on drinking water quality and the public health imperatives of safe treatment, disinfection, storage, and distribution. Yet water quality goes hand in hand with water availability, use, conservation, and increasingly—water reuse. A newly launched report and national effort led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan, is making the news. The plan succinctly puts these needs and connections into perspective: “Safe and reliable water supplies for human consumption, agriculture, business, industry, recreation, and healthy ecosystems are critical to our nation’s communities and economy.” Water scarcity challenges are also global; two of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals emphasize water reuse.... Read More »

17
May
2019
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Drinking Water Safety in the United States: Coast to Coast and Source to Tap

Over the years, the Water Quality & Health Council has written extensively about how most Americans enjoy virtually unlimited, year-round access to safe, treated, and inexpensive drinking water for pennies per gallon. This article highlights how this cornerstone of U.S. public health protection is made possible across our large nation with widely varying climates, landscapes,... Read More »

08
Mar
2019
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

The Future of U.S. Desalination for Safe Drinking Water

Safe drinking water is an essential human need. But the vast majority of the world’s water (e.g., seawater) is high in salinity (briny) and dissolved solids, and is unsuitable for drinking and most domestic uses. (Making it potable cannot be accomplished without extensive and costly treatment compared to conventional treatment of traditional freshwater supplies.) According to the United Nations, water scarcity already affects every continent, especially in (semi)arid and rapidly growing coastal areas. And it’s not just California: Freshwater scarcity is already or expected to be a statewide or regional problem in many inland states like Nevada, Montana, and my home state of Colorado.... Read More »