Water Treatment

Authored by: Frank R. Spellman , Joanne E. Drinan

The Drinking Water Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439866900
eBook ISBN: 9781439866924
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12305-12

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Abstract

On December 3, 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton visited a water treatment plant in Newport, R.I., to announce new measures that will strengthen drinking water protection for at least 140 million Americans. The new standards are a critical milestone on the path toward a new model for solving complex, high-stakes environmental problems. Where a comprehensive solution could be extremely costly and require essential information that is currently unavailable, the best approach may be to make decisions in stages. The initial decision may be a commitment to a process that will result in a comprehensive answer, starting with information-gathering, analysis and research, and accompanied by a broad set of consensus, “no regrets” actions. Under such a model, however, taking all the initial actions, as we have now done, is vital to sustaining the good-faith commitment to complete the process. This is such a promising model that it is being applied to address the highly controversial problems … and could have still broader applications. This one useful step for safe drinking water could become a giant leap for protection of public health and the environment.

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