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Security and Preparedness -- The Complexities of Disinfection in the Twenty-first Century (PDF)

  • Author(s): Morley, Kevin M.; Sloan, Jeffery T.
  • Publications: Journal - American Water Works Association
  • Issue Date: August 2012
  • Volume / Number: 104, Number 8
  • Page(s): 28-30, 32
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  • Product Number: JAW_0076392
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In the early 1900s water utilities embraced a new treatment process - chlorination - that was later hailed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the greatest public health advances of the twentieth century. Today, an estimated 98% of U.S. water systems use some form of chlorine to help provide safe drinking water. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires most tap water (except extremely clean groundwater) to have a detectable level of chlorine.

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