AWWA announces new publication chronicling the journey of disinfecting public water systems with chlorine

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DENVER -- The American Water Works Association has announced the release of its newest publication, The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives.

The use of chlorine to kill deadly pathogens in drinking water is now such a routine occurrence that it’s hard to believe that at one time not so long ago it was not just uncommon, it was considered illegal. The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives by Michael McGuire recounts the efforts of the first use of chlorine to disinfect the city water supply in Jersey City, N.J. in 1908. This compelling book also corrects misinformation about who was responsible for this event, a doctor who was an untiring champion of the advancement of public health – Dr. John L. Leal.

The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives’ noteworthy highlights include a detailed account of the conquest of waterborne disease and the first American usage of chlorination, an analysis of two court cases relating to the first full-scale use of water chlorination and documentation of the surge of chlorine disinfection around the world.

The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives is available in AWWA’s online store.

Media Note: Review copies are available for media. Please contact Deirdre Mueller to request a copy.

About the author:
Michael J. McGuire is President of Michael J. McGuire, Inc. McGuire is a registered professional engineer and published author of over 200 professional articles and co-editor of five books and collected works. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering. McGuire was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 'scientific contributions that have improved the safety and aesthetics of drinking water.'

About the publication:
The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives
By Michael J. McGuire
Published by American Water Works Association
ISBN: 978-1-58321-920-1
Hardcover, 360pp.
Price: $39.95 AWWA members, $49.95 non-members
Product #: 20751

Founded in 1881, the American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational association committed to the safety and improvement of water quality and supply. Focusing its work in four strategic areas, Knowledge Creation and Exchange, Leadership and Advocacy, Member Engagement and Development, and Organizational Stewardship, AWWA unites the full spectrum of the water community to advance water management, education and science and to advocate for smart water policies.

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