Potable Drinking Water

  • Donald Vesley


Human civilization has always depended on a reliable supply of safe drinking water for survival, but even though two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water (mostly nonpotable seawater), such a commodity is not universally available. In the United States we have gone to great lengths to provide safe drinking water to the increasing percentage of our population residing in cities and towns. The twentieth century has seen major advances in municipal water treatment accompanied by dramatic decreases in waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever. Nonetheless, several incidents in the 1990s have made us realize that we cannot take these advances for granted.


Drinking Water Dental Caries Typhoid Fever Safe Drinking Water Recreational Water 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Vesley
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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