In today's chemically dependent society, environmental studies demonstrate that drinking water in developed countries contains numerous industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and chemicals from water treatment processes. This poses a real threat. As a result of the ever-expanding list of chemical and biochemical products industry, current drinking water standards that serve to preserve our drinking water quality are grossly out of date.Environmental Science of Drinking Water demonstrates why we need to make a fundamental change in our approach toward protecting our drinking water. Factual and circumstantial evidence showing the failure of current drinking water standards to adequately protect human health is presented along with analysis of the extent of pollution in our water resources and drinking water. The authors also present detail of the currently available state-of-the-art technologies which, if fully employed, can move us toward a healthier future.
* Addresses the international problems of outdated standards and the overwhelming onslaught of new contaminants.
* Includes new monitoring data on non-regulated chemicals in water sources and drinking water.
* Includes a summary of different bottled waters as well as consumer water purification technologies.
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1952; Appendix 1-3: USEPA National Recommended Water Quality Criteria: 2002 for Freshwater and Human Consumption of Water + Organism; Appendix 2-1: Dow Industrial Chemicals, Solvents and Dyes in 1938; Appendix 2-2: USEPA List of Priority Pollutants; Appendix 2-3: Summary of Surface Water Data; Appendix 2-4: Summary of Shallow Groundwater Data; Appendix 2-5: Organic Chemicals found in Landfill Leachate and Gas; Appendix 2-6: Unregulated Pollutants Discharged to or Identified in Water Resources; Appendix 2-7: Chemicals Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity; Appendix 2-8: Regulated Pesticides in Food with Residues Tolerances; Appendix 2-9: Comparison of Chemicals Required to be Monitored in Groundwater Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, CFR 40, Part 264, Appendix IX: USEPA Regulate Chemicals under Drinking Water Standards, Priority Pollutant List or Ambient Water Quality Criteria; Appendix 3-1: General Drinking Water Monitoring and Warning Requirements; Appendix 3-2: National Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence Database
Data on Primary Water Quality Standards; Appendix 3-3: National Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence Database
Data on Unregulated Compounds; Appendix 3-4: Examples of Bottled Mineral Water Chemistry; Appendix 3-5: Examples of Bottled Water Chemistry; Appendix 3-6: Trace Element Analysis of Mineral Waters (ppb) that Appear in Either; Appendix 3-4 or Appendix 3-5; Appendix 4-1 Toxicological Primer on Terminology; Appendix 4-2 Toxicological Information on Existing Standards; Appendix 4-3 Suspected Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals; Appendix 4-4 US Geological Survey Target Compounds, National Reconnaissance of Emerging Contaminants in US Streams (2000)