26
Oct
2012
Treatment

Toward a Better Future in Haiti: Chlorinators and the Chlorine Bank Network


10
Feb
2012
Treatment
by Linda Golodner

Drinking Water and Chlorine Odor

How would you describe your tap water? A rich bouquet of earthy flavors? Sulfurous 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. In the case of private well... Read More »

18
Mar
2011
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Wisconsin Rolling the Dice by Rolling Back Mandatory Disinfection

Wisconsin is about to roll the dice on public health by rolling back a state rule requiring municipal governments to disinfect drinking water [GOP proposes rollback of mandatory disinfection for drinking water].  The current rule protects the safety of drinking water for 12 percent of Wisconsin’s municipal water supply systems in some of the state’s... Read More »

11
Mar
2011
Treatment
by Fred Reiff, PE

More Water Chlorination Needed to Take on an Old and Deadly Disease

Cholera, an acute diarrheal disease, is one of Mother Nature’s greatest weapons of mass destruction.  Recent reports of cholera epidemics in Haiti, Africa and Asia are strong reminders that this ancient disease stands ready to surge given half a chance.  This disease wreaks havoc in poor countries and communities that lack basic public health measures. ... Read More »

04
Mar
2011
Treatment
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Disinfection Byproducts and the Wrath of Unintended Consequences

In the past century, drinking water chlorination has dramatically reduced the incidence of waterborne disease wherever it has been adopted, contributing to greater life expectancy and healthier societies.  A recent article in the journal Science (The Chlorine Dilemma, January 7) takes a fresh look at water chlorination by stacking the “pros” of this technology against... Read More »

18
Jan
2011
Treatment
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

E.Coli – The Canary in Drinking Water Systems

Waterborne diseases never sleep.  They often make a tragic comeback in the event of a natural disaster, like the earthquake in Haiti.  In that case, cholera devastated the small island nation long after the tremors ceased.  But the cholera bacterium is not the only disease-causing microbe that lurks in untreated or mistreated water:  There are... Read More »

20
Oct
2010
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Water Treatment Companies Scam Senior Citizens on Filters

There is an ongoing investigation in the state of Florida to examine the practices of certain water treatment companies and the techniques used to sell water filtering equipment.  The state Attorney General’s office has been combating these companies for years using sting operations and hidden cameras to catch these scam artists in the act of selling... Read More »

13
Jul
2010
Treatment
by Water Quality & Health Council

British student invents new way of purifying water without electricity

A British student has invented a new device that will convert contaminated water into safe drinking water. Oxfordshire-based student James Bartlett designed an inexpensive and simple chlorination unit that functions without electricity and can be manufactured for less than $3. The chlorination unit, named BlueDrop, works by harnessing the Venturi effect, which is used in carburetors to pull gasoline into an... Read More »