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Water Suppliers and Health

Mwamanongu Village water source, Tanzania. &qu...
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Civil Engineers are a part of the water supply industry that ranges from Treatment Plant Operators, Scientists,Civil, Mechanical, Chemical and Process Engineers, Doctors, and Regulatory Agencies. Each of these people plays a critical part in designing or maintaining the supply of potable water to towns, cities and villages around the country. Water treatment and disinfection has been described as the greatest medical advancement in the past 150 years – it’s neat to be part of this industry.

As you all know, there are so many ways you can get sick, and many of them can involve water, one way or another. As a result the requirements for water treatment are some of the strictest regulations with little tolerance for error. Statements such as this are to expected, and should be part of public education campaigns to ensure that the value of treatment is understood.

American Water Confirms Water Quality is Not Impacted by Swine

current drinking water treatment barriers provide a high degree of protection from “swine flu.” We want to reassure our customers that they do not need to be concerned about the safety of properly treated drinking water with respect to swine influenza A.”

Interestingly, no one actually inferred that water treatment was a problem, but I guess it is better to head off any misunderstanding at the pass.

Ethics of Water Treatment

One of the highlights of the BCWWA Conference I just returned from was a discussion about the ethics of water treatment and the frameworks that decisions such as this are made in. With a presentation from two Interior Health officials, the discussion and points raised gave us all plenty to consider on the ethics of our business – I did record this session and it is attached to this post.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.