08
Mar
2013
Treatment

The Truth about Disinfection By-products in Drinking Water


22
Feb
2013
Treatment
by Fred Reiff, PE

Turn the Chlorinators on Full-time in Chilliwack

Chilliwack, British Columbia is the site of an unfolding controversy over whether or not to add chlorine to what residents say is some of the best tasting drinking water in all of Canada.  The Fraser Health Authority (FHA) recently advised the city of 80,000 people that chlorine is needed in the municipal drinking water based... Read More »

26
Oct
2012
Treatment
by Zachary Brehmer

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

Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. It is a basic human need. Unfortunately, 40 percent of the 10 million people in Haiti do not have access to clean water. As a result, many Haitians die from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and chronic diarrhea. Most Haitians gather water from community water... Read More »

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 »