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The Water We Drink: Water Quality and Its Effects on Health

The Water We Drink: Water Quality and Its Effects on Health


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We all drink water and water-based fluids, yet most of us take water for granted. We assume that when we turn on the tap to fill our glass, bathtub, or washing machine, clean water will flow. But is it really safe? And if it is not, what can we do about it? The Water We Drink provides readers with practical information on the health issues relating to water quality and suggests ways we can improve the quality and safety of our drinking water.

The Water We Drink begins with a review of the history of water, disease and sanitation. The authors then examine health issues relating to drinking water, including infectious diseases, cancer risks, and the effects of mineral and heavy metal content. They look at the benefits and risks of bottled waters and of water purification systems currently available to consumers. A helpful glossary of terms, as well as a bibliography of additional agencies, books, and web sites to consult for more information on drinking water and health, is also provided.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813526720
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dr. Joshua I. Barzilay is in the division of endocrinology of the Southeast Permanente Medical Group and a faculty member at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Winkler G. Weinberg is chief of infectious diseases for the Southeast Permanente Medical Group and the author of No Germs Allowed! How to Avoid Infectious Diseases at Home and on the Road (Rutgers University Press). Dr. J. William Eley is an associate professor at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.

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William Reilly

Water, which most of us take for granted, sustains life but can also make us sick or even kill us. This straightforward and serious book gives to this neglected resource its appropriate priority. The Water We Drink speaks authoritatively to what will be the twenty-first century's top resource.

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