The Environmental Science of Drinking Water

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781493303120
eBook ISBN: 9780080457727
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 6th July 2005
Page Count: 384
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In today’s chemically dependent society, environmental studies demonstrate that drinking water in developed countries contains numerous industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and chemicals from water treatment processes. This poses a real threat. As a result of the ever-expanding list of chemical and biochemical products industry, current drinking water standards that serve to preserve our drinking water quality are grossly out of date.

Environmental Science of Drinking Water demonstrates why we need to make a fundamental change in our approach toward protecting our drinking water. Factual and circumstantial evidence showing the failure of current drinking water standards to adequately protect human health is presented along with analysis of the extent of pollution in our water resources and drinking water. The authors also present detail of the currently available state-of-the-art technologies which, if fully employed, can move us toward a healthier future.

Key Features

  • Addresses the international problems of outdated standards and the overwhelming onslaught of new contaminants.
  • Includes new monitoring data on non-regulated chemicals in water sources and drinking water.
  • Includes a summary of different bottled waters as well as consumer water purification technologies.


Environmental engineers, geologists, hydrologists, professionals and practitioners in public health, urban planning, science policy, ecology, soil science, agronomy, public health, natural resource management, urban planning, environmental consultants, public interest groups and county, city, state and federal state regulatory agencies.

Table of Contents

Foreward Preface Acknowledgements

  1. The Water We Drink Natural Water Water and the Public Health References
  2. Water Pollution Human Waste and Pollution Industrial Pollution Wastewater Control and Treatment Nonpoint Sources of Water Pollution Pollution Sources and Water Quality Summary References
  3. Water Protection The Basics of Water Supply Basic Water Treatment Beyond Basic Water Treatment An Issue of Equality Chemical Monitoring and Warnings for Regulated Pollutants The National Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence Database Unregulated Pollutants and Monitoring Regulations Setting New Drinking Water Standards Why Consumers Should be Concerned Approaches to Mitigate Chemical Exposure Water Pollution and Risk References
  4. Living with the Risk of Polluted Water The Burden of Proof Permissible Pollution The Dose Makes the Poison Basic Concepts of Dose Mechanism of Toxicity Biotransformation and Detoxification Toxicity and Defining Standards Timing is Everything Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Pharmaceutical Pollutants Pharmaceuticals Detected in the Environment Living with Risk Population, Pollution, Risk, and Precaution The Risk Assessment Process Summary References
  5. Managing Risk and Drinking Water Quality Learning from the Past and Present Risk and Economics An Alternative Approach Consumer-Based Protection Potential Act


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"... this tome brings together a variety of intellectual arguments, case examples, and common sense to support the author’s theses. And the book is extremely readable by technos and laypersons alike." California/Nevada Section AWWA. Winter 2002, p. 31 "An excellent compilation of fact, case study, policy analysis, opinion and good old-fashioned common sense." Shawna Bourne, Certified Inspector of Public Health, Ontario Ministry of the Environment "... an excellent job compiling an overview of drinking water quality, water pollution, water protection, and living with the risk of polluted water ..." Dr. Stu F. Asay, P.E. in Drinking Water & Backflow Prevention, December 2005