E004: Potable Water
The Drinking Water Modules are intended to provide a broad introductory background on drinking water quality and regulatory issues to give a public health officer a good basic understanding of drinking water production, contaminant monitoring and distribution. The modules cover regulatory requirements, treatment technologies, source protection and health issues associated with microbial and chemical contaminants that are regulated and which must be addressed by water suppliers. They put extra emphasis on microbial contamination and management because microbial contamination is the predominant risk that faces any water supplier. Microbial and other water quality concerns start with the source water, they may require appropriate and effective water treatment, and protection during distribution so that contamination does not occur between the treatment plant and the consumer.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- To learn about the structure and content of the US Safe Drinking Water Act
- To understand what is the health basis for drinking water regulations
- To review coliforms monitoring and analysis procedures and requirements
- To review conventional water treatment technology as typically applied to surface water sources
- To learn about distribution systems problems including, water borne disease outbreaks, microbial regrowth and biofilms, backflow, inflow and cross connections, indications of problems, disinfectant residuals, Legionella, corrosion and the Lead and Copper Rule, revisions of the Total Coliform Rule
- To understand the roles of system assessments to diagnose and prevent water problems
- To learn about the modes of source water and its importance, potential threats to source water, source water protection measures, and what approaches exist to support source water protection
Joseph Cotruvo, PhD
President, Joseph Cotruvo & Associates, LLC
Joe Cotruvo is President of Joseph Cotruvo & Associates, a water, environment and public health consulting firm and is active in the World Health Organization (WHO)/NSF International Collaborating Centre for Drinking Water Safety and Treatment. Previously, he served as Director of the Criteria and Standards Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Drinking Water, where he developed many National Drinking Water-Quality Standards and Guidelines, and he initiated the Drinking Water Health Advisory System. He was also Director of the EPA’s Risk Assessment Division and a former Vice President at NSF International. At present, Cotruvo is a member of WHO Drinking Water Guidelines development committees and a manager of WHO’s Desalination Guidance project. He has organized WHO monographs on Heterotrophic Bacteria, Waterborne Zoonoses, Health Aspects of Plumbing, essential minerals in drinking water, and participated in Guideline development for food disinfection, aircraft water quality. He is also engaged in studies of pre-systemic metabolism of bromate, and studies examining the safety of recycled water. In addition, he is active in water reuse applications. He is chairman of the Retail Services (Water Quality Committee) of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Cotruvo received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University.
- 6.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 6.00 hour(s) of credit for completing E004: Potable Water
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