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This book compiles the essential information on the principal chemical, microbial, and radionuclide characteristics of water contaminants. It provides authoritative information, however, the content is presented in terms that would be understandable to non-experts as well as to professionals. It includes data on traditional and regulated contaminants as well as chemicals of emerging concern, as well as algal toxins and PFOS/PFOA. Each contaminant dossier includes the physical and chemical properties, toxicity, analytical methodology, water treatment technology, US, EU, and other regulatory guidance, including the World Health Organization, Australian, and Canadian guidelines.
Dr. Joseph Cotruvo is president of Joseph Cotruvo and Associates, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants, in Washington, DC, USA, with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Toledo, and PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He is Board Certified in Environmental Sciences, and is Research Professor in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo, and on the Green Chemistry and Engineering Science Advisory Board. He is a longtime member of the World Health Organization's Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Committee, and serves on numerous advisory panels on drinking water quality, and potable water reuse, including Singapore's NEA Water Standards Advisory Committee, and direct and indirect potable water reuse projects with the National Water Research Institute for Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles, California. He is a technical editor for the American Water Works Association Journal, Water Science Journal, and Water Technology online. He has written more than 300 publications, presentations and articles on health risk, water quality and safety, and water regulatory policy.
At the US EPA, Dr. Cotruvo was the first Director of the Drinking Water Standards Division, and Director of the Risk Assessment Division in Pollution Prevention and Toxics. His division developed national drinking water regulations for microbial contaminants, organic and inorganic chemicals and radionuclides, the original regulations for trihalomethane (THM) disinfection by-products, surface water filtration, and proposed lead and copper rules. He also initiated the EPA's Drinking Water Health Advisory Program providing health risk guidance for unregulated contaminants and emergencies.