American Water Works Association (AWWA)

AWWA releases new book examining water contamination outbreaks

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water offers 21 case studies and in-depth analysis of delivering safe water to consumers

DENVER -- The American Water Works Association has announced the release of its newest publication, Ensuring Safe Drinking Water: Learning From Frontline Experience With Contamination by Steve E. Hrudey and Elizabeth J. Hrudey.

It is easy for consumers to take safe drinking water for granted until something in the process goes wrong. With that in mind, Ensuring Safe Drinking Water by Steve E. Hrudey and Elizabeth J. Hrudey explores such challenging situations as waterborne disease outbreaks, chemical contaminations and “close calls” that can occur at water utilities. These situations are explored in-depth in 21 case studies that illustrate the immense responsibility that is placed on individuals who deliver safe drinking water to the public.

Written from the viewpoint of the personnel who were in the forefront of the situation, each case study recounted in Ensuring Safe Drinking Water is fully detailed with information on background, operational details and lessons learned included.

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water: Learning From Frontline Experience With Contamination 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 authors:

Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, a professional engineer and retired professor, has maintained a diverse career in the environmental health sciences and risk management for more than 40 years and has been recognized with several awards including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; the 2013 Research Excellence Summit Award of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta; and the 2012 A.P. Black Award of the AWWA. He has participated in writing more than 25 expert panel reports, serving as Chair for 8, focused on issues such as the Walkerton Inquiry, safe drinking water for First Nations, environmental and health impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry and risk governance for water utilities.

Elizabeth J. Hrudey was trained and worked as a microbiology technologist at the Alberta University Provincial Laboratory of Public Health. She has worked as a researcher on off-flavor studies at the University of Alberta and engaged in various environmental health risk studies with Steve E. Hrudey & Associates Ltd. She was co-author for the widely recognized, best-selling book, Safe Drinking Water: Lessons From Recent Outbreaks in Affluent Nations, as well as for several papers and book chapters on the subject of safe drinking water.

Customer comments

  1. By Greg Chick on

    Solutions for this are POU/POE systems. Now as for acronyms I will drop a few, ASPE,IAPMO, ARCSA, GPUSA, just to name a few that all are part of this system that we all need. What is POU ? Point Of Use ! as in RO, (Reverse Osmosis) we should all be advised that a POU/RO could be a good thing because the Bottled water industry is not cost effective at all. We hear the retorts all the time "Whats the ROI on that?" as we drink a bottle of "smart water" yea right, smarter than the drinker I think... My point is this, bottled water is not a priceless industry and not many trust tap water, so for what people pay for bottled water, they could pay for a quality POU in a couple months. and if that isn't a golly gee wiz, try this, less than a fraction of one percent of the water we treat and pipe out of water plants is used for drinking, yet all is treated to a potable level! now that is not priceless either. That would also pay for a POU and the WQA will assure a good product as well! WTF so, back to the POE ! I didn't tell you what that was, so here goes, Point Of Entry, or a water treatment system installed at the point of entry to the building. All the water is treated, not just the potable point of use. One might say why treat all the house water? The skin is the largest organ of the body! yes medically speaking the skin is an organ, and it absorbs chlorine as we shower as well as other poisons. Yes deadly poisons. The "dilution solution " protects US, pun intended, from the poisons. Yet another acronym, PPM, or PPB, now that means Parts Per Million... so the poison is diluted to a harmless level, so no harm, right? For too many, not! as well as Chlorine the max PPM of other things is making a cocktail that the POU can remove, right?, for some no... Again this is a complex issue, so why treat all water to only one standard when many people have different thresholds for pollutants. So as a full blown "Left coaster" AKA Californian I suggest we all use our free choice on how far we want to treat our water. Some people are pregnant while others are HIV +, and still others are just purists. The future is going to include emerging contaminants and illnesses and links between, so POU!