As events continue to unfold in Flint, Michigan, the nation is more than ever focused on the quality of its drinking water. Environmental engineers have long recognized lead exposure as a significant public health crisis; now there may be strong enough public support to do something about it. However, lead is not the only challenge to public health that the U.S. drinking water sector faces. This lecture will review the current state of knowledge on lead in drinking water and on another critical issue, the presence of carcinogenic disinfection by-products. It will include aspects of engineering, chemistry, public health, social justice, and public policy; prominently feature work being done in the UMass Amherst environmental engineering research labs; and suggest how we might solve pressing water issues and how water will need to be managed in the world’s growing megacities.
Professor Reckhow will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the campus, at the conclusion of the lecture.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call 413-577-1101.