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Drinking Water Safety and Contamination

Methods to Assess Health Risks



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Access to clean water is a necessary precondition for life and health. Pathogens, antimicrobial agents, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals leaching from drinking water system components or introduced into water tables as a result of hydraulic fracking can pollute drinking water supplies. Despite widespread improvements in global access to clean drinking water, impure drinking water continues to affect quality of life for many in less-developed regions. Risk assessment and comparative hazard assessment methods are used by public health scientists to assess the likelihood of adverse health effects resulting from contaminated water, and to reduce morbidity or mortality from exposure to polluted water. The widespread dissemination of such tools will improve public health of humans around the world. Risk assessment tools and methods, comparative hazard assessment tools and quantitative microbial risk assessment methods have developed greatly in recent years. This book highlights the ways in which these risk assessment methods can be used to mitigate the impacts of emerging contaminants, unplanned chemical releases, and pathogens in drinking water supplies on human health. It describes the methods in which it is possible to predict and assess the health risks that water contaminants pose for humans. It goes on to cover the effects of Pharmaceutical, Fracking, Textile industrial activities on water toxicity. This book is useful primarily for academics and industrialists working in fields related to Safety and Hazards, Toxicology, Environmental Science and Sustainable industry, but it is also a valuable resource for postgraduates and institutional libraries.

Author Biography

Dr Whittaker has twenty years of experience in both the performance and management of toxicology and human health hazard and risk assessment-related projects in the drinking water field. She is currently the Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist of ToxServices LLC, where she serves as the project manager and technical lead of ToxServices projects for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water, Clean Production Action's GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, international certification organizations, testing laboratories, and consumer products companies that manufacture and test products such as drinking water contact materials, drinking water additives, food additives, food contact materials, cleaning chemicals, fragrance agents, electronics, cosmetics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. As project manager and technical lead for contracts with these organizations, Dr Whittaker has contributed to and/or managed the development of hundreds of human health risk assessments, chemical hazard assessments, exposure assessments, as well as hundreds of product-specific toxicology evaluations. Dr Whittaker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology who earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology from The University of Maryland, Baltimore and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health from The University of Michigan. Dr Whittaker is a U.K./Eurotox Registered Toxicologist, as well as a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the U.K. Society of Biology. Dr Whittaker has built her career on a foundation grounded in leadership and adherence to details and timelines. One of her first career awards (1992) was a United States Coast Guard Commandant's Award for Outstanding Civilian Service, where her "alacrity and tenacity" displayed while working on projects associated with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 were officially recognized.
Release date NZ
October 28th, 2019
Contributions by Emily Golden
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
40 Illustrations, black and white
Royal Society of Chemistry
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