Protecting Public Health in Small Water Systems


NEW! Report of an International Colloquium
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The purpose of the colloquium was to explore 1) health threats in small water systems; and 2) how different developed nations approach the provision of safe water by small systems, and the successes and shortcomings they have experienced.  The ultimate goal is to help inform decision-making and policy formulation in the United States and other developed nations.

The colloquium began with an evening welcoming reception and plenary address by an international authority on water and public health. This was followed by three days of focused discussion in which three working groups covered health threats, research needs, infrastructure, management, treatment and distribution, funding and regulation of small water systems. Each group was facilitated by two moderators and two rapporteurs.

The colloquium drew on the expertise of 45 invited participants: drinking-water scientists, engineers, system managers, risk assessors and regulatory authorities from the United States, Europe, Canada, and Oceania.

At present, a report on the findings and recommendations of the colloquium is in preparation by the steering committee and the session moderators. This will be distributed broadly within the drinking-water communities of the participating nations. Additional dissemination of information is anticipated to include editorials in water-industry journals, presentations at key international meetings, and a briefing to the United States Congress.

The colloquium was underwritten by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Montana Water Center.