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Drinking Water

Drinking Water

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This booklet provides an introduction to drinking water issues. It draws from a body of independent, peer-reviewed expert consensus reports from the National Research Council to provide an overview of public water supply and demand, water management and conservation, options for the government and the private sector, and the economic and ecological aspects of drinking water. The booklet focuses primarily on issues in the United States; references to international water issues are generally used for comparison purposes or to illustrate certain issues in greater depth.
This booklet provides an introduction to drinking water issues. It draws from a body of independent, peer-reviewed expert consensus reports from the National Research Council to provide an overview of public water supply and demand, water management and conservation, options for the government and the private sector, and the economic and ecological aspects of drinking water. The booklet focuses primarily on issues in the United States; references to international water issues are generally used for comparison purposes or to illustrate certain issues in greater depth.

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Drinking Water
Udsd h Scc d Polcy bhd  Ccl rsouc
National Academy of SciencesNational Academy of EngineeringInstitute of MedicineNational Research Council
 
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ater is ne  tse tings tat peple usually tae r granted—until it is ei-ter gne r unsuitable t drin. In 2007, residents in te suteastern UnitedStates were rced t tae ntice  water wen extree drugt swept acrsste regin. Wit n rain cluds n te rizn r nts n end, lawns weresriveling and lng-standing reservirs were being suced dry. Restaurants be-gan using paper plates t avid aving t was dises. In Atens, Gergia, ans at te University  Gergia’s ecing tball gae were ased nt t us te tilets: stadiu attendants wereeven ired t derate using in a desperate ert t save water. It was te suteast’s st extreedrugt n recrd.Water is a liited resurce, te deands r wic are ast increasing. Ppulatins in se U.S. cities,lie Las Vegas, Nevada, and Penix, Arizna, r instance, are expanding at a rate  tusands pernt. Te result is tat water anagers ust struggle t eep taps wing witut cprising watersupplies r uture generatins.In te United States, a virtual ary  peple—utility wrers, scientists and engineers, gvernent fcials,and any ters—wr arund te clc t prvide sae and clean drining water t Aerica’s es andbusinesses. Teir erts aect any aspects  sciety, r te ealt  individuals and ecsystes t teealt  te natin’s ecny.Drugts bring increased edia attentin t water issues, but extree cnditins are nly a sallpart  te prbles water anagers encunter in teir wr. Even te dern water systes  de-velped natins ace suc callenges as ceical cntainatin, waterbrne diseases, supplysrtages, and deterirating, utdated inrastructures.Tis blet prvides an intrductin t drining water issues. It draws r abdy  independent, peer-reviewed expert cnsensus reprts r te Na-tinal Researc Cuncil t prvide an verview  public water supplyand deand, water anageent and cnservatin, ptins r tegvernent and te private sectr, and te ecnic and eclgi-cal aspects  drining water. Te blet cuses priarily nissues in te United States; reerences t internatinal waterissues are generally used r cparisn purpses r tillustrate certain issues in greater dept.
Te Grand Cee Dam n te Cmba Rer n Wasngtn State.
Image courtesy o the U.S. Department o the Interior.

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