Setting Priorities for Drinking Water Contaminants

Setting Priorities for Drinking Water Contaminants

by Committee on Drinking Water Contaminants, National Research Council
     
 

The provision of safe drinking water has been an important factor in the improvement of the health status of U.S. communities since the turn of the last century. Nonetheless, outbreaks of waterborne disease and incidences of chemical contamination of drinking water continue to occur.
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Overview

The provision of safe drinking water has been an important factor in the improvement of the health status of U.S. communities since the turn of the last century. Nonetheless, outbreaks of waterborne disease and incidences of chemical contamination of drinking water continue to occur.
Setting Priorities for Drinking Water Contaminants recommends a new process for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use in deciding which potential drinking water contaminants should be regulated in public water supplies to provide the greatest protection against waterborne illnesses. The book covers chemical and microbiological contaminants and includes a historical review of past approaches to setting priorities for drinking water contaminants and other environmental pollutants. It emphasizes the need for expert judgment in this process and for a conservative approach that considers public health protection as the first priority.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309062930
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
12/11/1998
Series:
Clean Water Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
1Introduction9
2Review of Existing Chemical Prioritization Schemes21
3Review of Methods for Assessing Microbial Pathogens47
4Approach Used to Develop the 1998 CCL57
5Selecting Contaminants on the CCL for Future Action: Recommended Decision Process70
App. AAssessing Uncertainty in Decision Processes103
App. B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff109

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