Chemically Contaminated Drinking Water in the U.S.

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Course Title: Chemically Contaminated Drinking Water in the U.S.
Course ID: HYD-210
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): August 18, 2016: 10:00am - 10:30am
Location: Online-Webinar
Online-Webinar, XX
Instructor: Jenifer S. Heath, Ph.D.
Tuition: $0
Class is Closed
FREE Online-Webinar



*This is a FREE 30-Minute demo session to introduce the topics that will be covered in the "Chemically Contaminated Water in the U.S." 4-hour webinar. The session will be recorded, and will be available to download free. Registration Required for demo. Complete registration by clicking "Add to Cart" above.

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This webinar is being presented by Sustainable City Networks and NWETC.

Contaminated drinking water has been in the news nationally in recent months.  In this 30-minute webinar, attendees will learn about several pieces of the puzzle of drinking water contamination and gain an appreciation for the role played by each.  These puzzle pieces include the basics of public (and private) water supplies and treatment for contaminants; the history of contamination of drinking water supplies; an overview of socioeconomic aspects of drinking water contamination; and current observations about risk perception and litigation related to contamination of drinking water. 

This mini-webinar serves as an introduction the 4-hour webinar called “Chemically Contaminated Drinking Water in the U.S. - Lead (Pb) and PFOS/PFOA as Examples”, which will delve more deeply into each puzzle piece, using lead (Pb) and perfluorinateds (PFOS and PFOA) as concrete examples.

For supplemental information on this topic, see Dr. Heath's posts here.


Intended Audience:

Employees of water supply systems; engineers and scientists; local, state and federal regulators and public health leaders; lawyers and news media employees

Continuing Education Units: 0.40 CEUs

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Course Topics

  • Information about public (and private) water supplies
  • Treatments for contaminants
  • History of contamination of drinking water supplies
  • Key characteristics of lead (Pb) and perfluorinateds
  • Socioeconomic aspects of drinking water contamination
  • Current observations about risk perception
  • Litigation related to contamination of drinking water

About the Instructor

Jenifer S. Heath, Ph.D.

Jenifer S. Heath, Ph.D.

Dr. Heath has 30 years of experience in the fields of chemical product safety and environmental contamination.  Drinking water contamination has been a theme of her work throughout her career, from her dissertation topic (public drinking water supplies wells contaminated with chlorinated solvents) to her early work as an intern with a state health department (primarily lead, chlorinated solvents and petroleum products in drinking water) and on throughout her long consulting career (e.g., assessing risks associated with domestic use of contaminated groundwater) and continuing on to her work as an expert witness in litigation. 

Dr. Heath’s education provides a broad perspective on public health issues in general and drinking water specifically, from her nursing degree (she is a registered nurse in Colorado and New York) to her M.S. in Nutrition and Toxicology (North Carolina State University), from her B.S. in Public Health (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) to her M.A. in Public Policy Studies (Duke University), and on to her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (Cornell University), which included minors in Organization Behavior and Public Policy. 

She has decades of experience with lead (Pb), from animal studies in the laboratory to collection of blood samples from children, from a school drinking water fountain to expansive hard rock mines, from residual of leaded gasoline to serving as an expert in childhood lead poisoning cases.  Her experience with PFOS and PFOA is more recent, including extensive research, development of case studies, and development of meeting presentations and informational papers.

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