4361.0 Public, Private and Bottled: Public Health and Drinking Water

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 4:30 PM
Changing climate and increasing occurrence of drought conditions present new challenges for regulators and communities who safeguard the Nationís drinking water. Responsibility for the safety of the water we drink is shared among multiple government and private institutions. The Safe Drinking Water Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the responsibility for setting national drinking water standards that protect the health of the 250 million people who get their water from public water systems. Millions of people get their water from private wells that are not subject to Federal Regulations. Oversight of bottled water is given to the Food and Drug Administration. This session will present current understanding of the quality of drinking water from private sources including private drinking water wells and water bottling companies. The results of two studies that evaluated the effectiveness of treatment strategies for arsenic in well water and enteric microorganisms in a water reclamation facility will be described. Finally, the impact on communities of groundwater extraction by private bottling companies will be discussed along with two case studies of community-based campaigns to preserve public ownership of water resources. Participants in this session will obtain important information and strategies that they can apply in their own communities.
Session Objectives: 1. List major concerns associated with multinational bottled water companies taking control of a communityís water and the key elements of an advocacy campaign to preserve public management of community water. 2. Describe some studies of chemical contaminants found in drinking water from nonmunicipal sources including bottled water and private wells. 3. Describe some water treatment approaches to reduce exposure to arsenic in well water and microorganisms in a state-of-the-art water reclamation facility and their effectiveness.
Barbara Glenn, MPH, PhD
Barbara Glenn, MPH, PhD

4:45 PM
Bottled water quality investigation reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants
Olga V. Naidenko, PhD, Nneka Leiba, MPH, Renee Sharp, MS and Jane Houlihan, MSCE
5:15 PM
Is it safe to drink?: Enteric Microorganism Monitoring in a State-of-the-Art Water Reclamation Facility and Lake Lanier, GA
Marina Laura Fernandez, MPH, Pengbo Liu, PhD,MPH, Stuart Hooper, Owen Herzegh, MPH, Kelly Hay, BS, John Rice, BS, Esther Wong, MPH, Richard Porter, Neal Spivey and Christine L. Moe, PhD
5:30 PM
Point-of-entry arsenic water treatment provided greater urinary arsenic reduction than point-of-use water treatment at New Jersey homes with arsenic in well water
Steven E. Spayd, PhD, Mark G. Robson, PhD, MPH, ATS, Michael Gochfeld, MD, PhD, Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, PhD, Perry D. Cohn, PhD, MPH, Pamela Ohman-Strickland, PhD, Ruimin Xie, PhD and Brian Buckley, PhD

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Organized by: Environment
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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