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Water Contamination Emergencies: Collective Responsibility


In the current international situation, the ability to deal effectively with water contamination emergencies is of rapidly increasing importance. The third in a series of conference proceedings, this book brings together contributions from leading scientists and experts in industry and academia. It offers an international perspective and develops the themes of the previous volumes entitled Water Contamination Emergencies: Can we cope? and Water Contamination Emergencies: Enhancing our response. The full range of ...

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In the current international situation, the ability to deal effectively with water contamination emergencies is of rapidly increasing importance. The third in a series of conference proceedings, this book brings together contributions from leading scientists and experts in industry and academia. It offers an international perspective and develops the themes of the previous volumes entitled Water Contamination Emergencies: Can we cope? and Water Contamination Emergencies: Enhancing our response. The full range of potential chemical, microbiological and radiological contamination scenarios are addressed from the perspective of medical and health professionals, water companies and regulators, environmental protection professionals, risk and business continuity managers, emergency planners, local authorities, service and support providers, detection and equipment suppliers, disaster recovery specialists, water security experts, water distribution modellers and laboratories involved in round the clock emergency response. Emphasis is placed on the considerable effort required to prepare for and respond to an emergency. It is not sufficient for Individuals to simply identify their own responsibilities, they must also take action to establish effective and efficient working relationships with the other parties involved. In other words, they must take "Collective Responsibility". In summary, this book will provide readers with an up-to-date view of current strategies and the collaboration essential for an appropriate and timely response to water contamination emergencies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854041725
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Special Publications Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John  Gray, Ph.D.

John Gray spent 22 years working in UK Water Companies on all aspects of water treatment, supply and analysis. This was followed by 13 years as a regulator before retirement in 2007 from his position as Deputy Chief Inspector (Operations) with the Drinking Water Inspectorate. He has been involved in improving the safety and security of drinking water supplies and has established links with other Government Departments, academia and research organizations involved in "homeland defence" issues both in the UK and internationally. He was closely involved in the development of the specialized analytical capability for the water industry. Actively involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry, John Gray was for six years a member of the Applications Committee followed by seven years with the Ethical Practices Committee. He chaired of the organizing committee of the three Water Contamination Emergencies conferences. Professor Thompson has 37 years experience in the management of environmental laboratories including those at Severn Trent and Yorkshire Water. He is currently Chief Scientist of ALcontrol UK, one of the largest contract water, soil, air and food analysis organizations in Europe. Since its inception in 1995, he has chaired the UK Water Laboratory Mutual Aid Group and been closely involved with the three associated sub-groups on emergency organic and radioactivity analysis and the LEAP emergency incident proficiency scheme. He was Secretary of the organizing committee of the three Water Contamination Emergencies conferences.


To those well versed in therapy-speak and the self-help world, the name John Gray can provoke some eye-rolling and sarcasm: Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We genders need to "learn" to "communicate."

What's remarkable is Gray's role in making this concept so well known. In 1992, when Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus was published, the idea was anything but pedestrian. Indeed, Gray sparked both revolution and debate in the world of gender politics.

His case is simple: "Men mistakenly expect women to think, communicate, and react the way men do; women mistakenly expect men to feel, communicate, and respond the way women do. We have forgotten that men and women are supposed to be different. As a result our relationships are filled with unnecessary friction and conflict," he wrote in the first chapter of Men Are from Mars. Though the idea is not radical, the implication met with criticism from feminists who said that it tried to reinforce stereotypes; and with accolades from stricken couples who found that Gray did, in fact, help them communicate and understand each other better.

Though naysayers have called into question both Gray's message and his credentials, his appeal is undeniable. Word-of-mouth has proved strong enough to drive sales of Gray's book and its companions -- targeted at everyone from dating singles to coworkers -- into bestsellerdom, with the first title alone selling more than 15 million copies. He has also become a cottage industry of gender relations, with seminars, media appearances, and audio titles bolstering his books.

Gray's style tends to be simple and direct, with analogies along the lines of the title: "Men Are like Blowtorches, Women Are like Ovens" and "Men Pursue and Women Flirt" are typical chapter headers. For those mired in the tricky morass of dealing with the opposite sex, the author's no-nonsense approach is appealing.

In 1999, Gray departed from his relationships milieu to the broader palette of life fulfillment with the parenting guide Children Are from Heaven and How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have, a guide to achieving success while bolstering one's spiritual life via meditation and awareness of worldly challenges. It's a strong statement coming from someone who lived for several years as a monk, but Gray's strong suit with readers remains his relationship tomes. Since the original Mars/Venus title, he has created a franchise that now straddles the realms of love and personal success. His advice obviously rings true with millions of readers.

Good To Know

Gray lives with his wife and three children. He was formerly married to self-help author Barbara De Angelis; the two divorced in 1984.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus was made into a musical stage comedy that opened in Las Vegas. It has also been translated into more than 40 languages.

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      San Francisco, California
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    2. Place of Birth:
      Houston, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A., M.A., Maharishi European Research University; Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University, 1982
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Themes and Objectives; Water Emergencies: Opening remarks; Water is life: a view of organisational resilience in the Australian water industry; Online toxicity monitors and their use in distribution system and watershed early warning systems; Water supply security issues and trends; Consequence management within the Environmental Protection Agency's water security initiative; Application of a risk based approach to security and integrity of assets - a regulators view; Let's get real: Real world experiences with real-time on-line monitoring for security and quality. Detecting and responding to events; The organisational culture of managing incidents and risks in the water sector; A simulation tool for contaminant warning system design and evaluation; CBRN modelling: application to water contamination; Planning, preparedness and security of the alternative water supply; Procedures for the decontamination of building plumbing systems; Lessons learned from summer floods 2007. Phase 1 report - Emergency response prepared by Water UK's Review Group on flooding; Risk assessment methodology for water utilities - RAM-WTM - lessons learned; Risk-based approaches to water quality management: integrating public health metrics in water safety planning; How standards can assist the assessment of, recovery and prevention of future emergencies; The XX edition of the Torino Olympic Games experience: planning for and responding to drinking water contamination threats; Sensitive, selective and simple UV-spectrometry for contaminant alarm systems; Fully automated instrumentation for nucleic acid testing in the field; Optimisation of NMR methodology for non-targeted detection of water contaminants; Preventing water contamination - a co-ordinated response; Potential sources of man-made radiochemical contamination of water resources with special emphasis on the nuclear fuel cycle; Rapid methods; Processing and databasing spectroscopic analyses and its use in the elucidation of unkowns; Handbooks to assist in the management of a radiological incident involving the contamination of drinking water supplies; Robust on-line total organic carbon (TOC) analyser for security monitoring; Water UK emergency planning; The Scottish Waterborne Hazard Plan; Research related to water security; Early warning and reports; OK, we've got a problem, so who do we tell? Inter-agency communication - a water company view; Review and evaluation of water concentration technologies for analysis by real-time PCR; Scientific and Technical Advisory Cell (STAC) - getting timely public health advice to multi-agency frontline responders; Communicating with the public during water contamination events: addressing vulnerable populations; Medical preparedness for water contamination events; Keeping the public on-side and maintaining reputation; Sociological and psychological constraints to learning from failure; Lessons learned from major contamination incidents - a discussion; Review of conference; List of posters; Subject Index.

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