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Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Cholera bacterium, unlike its more robust cousin e. coli, will d

    Cholera bacterium, unlike its more robust cousin e. coli, will die in a glass of soda water in only hours. CO¿ is dirt cheap. And carbonating water is just plain stupid easy these days. One source of the disease transmission is in drinking water. If you are one of the fortunate ones with the capability of carbonating your own water, you can eliminate your drinking water as a source of infection simply by making it bubbly. Carbonating hardware like that made by FiZZ GiZ can be had for about thirty bucks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2011

    Great book.

    So take this review with a grain of salt. I'm not a great judge when it comes to literature. I run a water plant for a living. This book made me re-think the way I perform my job on a daily basis. Its really easy for a water treatment plant operator to fall into a calm, complacent, mundane attitude toward our daily activities. Once a plant is established, operation knowledge is past along to new operators without thought or consideration. "We do it this way because that's the way we've always done it."
    To change this cycle, operators should look at there jobs differently each day. We all should look at our water resources and decide that clean, safe water is of the utmost importance to our way of life and to our future.
    I loved the history of John Snow, Robert Koch, and the various utilities of the US. When the author began to write of his experience, I thought he might be comparing his experiences with those of Snow. How he's right and everyone "in the know" is wrong. It was only a small distraction, however.
    Bottom line, this is a great book that should be on every operator, engineer, or environmental scientists book shelf.

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