Drinking Water Regulation and Health / Edition 1

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The Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 instituted wide-ranging regulatory changes to the seminal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)-such as providing funding to communities facing health risks, focusing regulatory efforts on contaminants posing such health risks, and adding flexibility to the regulatory process- and the amendments continue to shape regulations and regulatory policy to this day. Editor Frederick Pontius's Drinking Water Regulation and Health provides a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on the current regulatory landscape.

Drinking Water Regulation and Health serves as a guide for water utilities, regulators, and consultants, forecasting future trends and explaining the latest developments in regulations. A diverse group of contributors covers topics such as water treatment, water protection, how some of the regulations have been interpreted in the courts, how water utilities can stay in compliance, and how to satisfy customer expectations, especially sensitive subpopulations. Divided into four sections - The SDWA and Public Health, Regulation Development, Contaminant Regulation and Treatment, and Compliance Challenges - the book includes chapters on:
* Improving Waterborne Disease Surveillance
* Application of Risk Assessments in Crafting Drinking Water Regulations
* Control of Drinking Water Pathogens and Disinfection By-Products
* Selection of Treatment Technology for SDWA Compliance
* Death of the Silent Service: Meeting Consumer Expectations
* Achieving Sustainable Water Systems
* What Water Suppliers Need to Know About Toxic Tort Litigation

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“...a 'one-stop shopping' compendium of information...anothervaluable addition to the environmental professional's library ofcritical references.” (Environmental Practice, March2005)

"This book is a must-read for water utilities, consultants, andregulators…it not only explains the regulations and theregulatory process, but also provides essential information onwater treatment, water protection, public health, and futureissues." (Journal of Environmental Quality, May-June2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471415541
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/23/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1072
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

FREDERICK W. PONTIUS is the President of Pontius Water Consultants, Inc., and provides drinking water—related professional engineering services to water utilities, consultants, industry, businesses, and regulatory agencies. He has over twenty years of experience in public water supply, has authored the Safe Drinking Water Act Advisor treatise on drinking water rules, and is a frequent speaker on drinking water regulation, compliance, and health.

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Table of Contents




List of Tables.

List of Figures.



Drinking Water and Public Health Protection (D. Okun).

Improving Waterborne Disease Surveillance (F. Frost, etal.).

Waterborne Outbreaks in the United States, 1971-2000

(G. Craun, R. Calderon & Mary Craun).

History of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) (F. Pontius).

SDWA Reauthorization: Looking to the Future (D. vanDe Hei &T. Schaeffer).


Toxicological Basis for Drinking Water Risk Assessment (J.Donohue & J. Orme-Zavaleta).

Epidemiologic Concepts for Interpreting Findings in Studies ofDrinking water Exposures (G. Craun, et al.).

Application of Risk Assessments in Crafting Drinking WaterRegulations (B. Macler).

"Sound" Science and Drinking Water Regulation (F. Pontius).

Benefit-Cost Analysis and Drinking Water Regulation (R.Raucher).

Public Involvement in Regulation Development (F. Pontius).


Control of Drinking Water Pathogens and Disinfection By-Products(S. Regli, et al.).

Regulating Radionuclides in Drinking Water (D. Huber).

Risk-Based Framework for Selecting Contaminants for FutureRegulation (M. Gibson & M. Osinsiki).

Selection of Treatment Technology for SDWA Compliance (F.Pontius).

SDWA Compliance Using Point-of-Use (POU) andPoint-of-Entry (POE) Treatment (F. Pontius, etal.). 


Death of the Silent Services: Meeting Consumer Expectations (E.Speranza).

Achieving the Capacity to Comply (P. Shanaghan & J.Jacobs).

Achieving Sustainable Water Systems (J. Beecher).

Protecting Sensitive Subpopulations (J. Griffiths).

Environmental Justice and Drinking Water Regulation (F.Pontius).

What Water Suppliers Need to Know About Toxic Tort Litigation(K. Rubin).

Intellectual Property Laws and Water Technology (L. Hansen).

Water System Security (F. Pontius).



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