Drinking Water
Refreshing Answers to All Your Questions
Environmental History
5.5 x 8.5, 160 pp.
38 b&w illus.
Pub Date: 03/01/1995
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  cloth
Price:        $24.50 s

978-0-89096-646-4
  paper
Price:        $10.95

978-0-89096-659-4

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Drinking Water

Refreshing Answers to All Your Questions

By James Symons

Over the past several years, the safety of public drinking water has often been called into question. Is fluoridated water safe to drink? Is there lead or radon in tap water? Should you buy a water softener or other home treatment device? Jim Symons, known as "Dr. Water," offers critical information on such subjects as health, home treatment, quality testing, federal regulation, and consumer information. Written in question-and-answer format, Drinking Water offers straightforward, easy-to-understand answers to many common questions about public water supplies, thus providing a "user-friendly" format for learning vital information about both U.S. and Canadian practices. While concluding that American and Canadian drinking water is indeed safe, this book is candid in pointing out problems where they exist and handing out praise where it is deserved. Drinking Water is an expanded, updated version of the author's 1992 Plain Talk about Drinking Water, published by the American Water Works Association.

Formerly a research engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Public Health Service, James M. Symons is now a professor of civil engineering at the University of Houston. He holds a doctorate in sanitary engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an honorary member of the American Water Works Association.

What Readers Are Saying:

"As fluidly as water, Symons flows from one topic to another. From water-treatment byproducts that are carcinogenic to the pros and cons of water softeners, Symons covers the waterfront in a simple Q&A format. His book is ultimately reassuring." --Houston Chronicle

"There are many misconceptions about the safety of drinking water supplied to our homes. Dr. Symons' book provides a quick and easy source to answer those misconceptions." --John L.Cleasby, Ph.D., Iowa State University

" . . . a superb book for the citizens of the US (and elsewhere). . . . Because the questions and answers are very general, the book should be useful for years to come." --CHOICE

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