Annotated Links to Drinking Water
Related Sites


Concerns about
water safety
Children and
Pregnancy and
    drinking water

    dissolved in
    - Inorganics
    - Organics

    suspended in
    - Pathogens
    - Asbestos


Drinking water 

Private wells
Location of
    and DBPs
High risk

Home age & lead
Use Sensory

    clues to identify   

Importance of

Things to consider
Water treatment
    methods, POU
    - Boiling
    - Distillation
    - Reverse
     Osmosis (RO)   
    - Filtration
        * Sediment
        * Activated
             Solid block
        * Pore size
    - Bottled water
    - Ultraviolet (UV)
    - Water softeners
    - KDF
    - Ion exchange
Comparison of
    drinking water
    treatment methods
Comparison of

    long-term costs
    for water

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The following is a list of what I would consider Essential Sites. They will provide you with a wealth of important information about drinking water safety and quality.

Water on Tap: A Consumer's Guide to the Nation's Drinking Water and Drinking Water and Health, both are from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Tapwater at Risk This extensive, three-part newspaper series published in 1996 by the Houston Chronicle explores the safety of the nation's tap water, explains the dangers threatening our water and describes what communities can do to protect it.  A second copy can be found in the Times Union archives.
Drinking water quality and health - A good , brief overview of drinking water quality.
Important information about lead in drinking water, particularly if you have children.
The American Water Works Association's The Story of Drinking Water - Basic but informative site - geared toward children. For a more in-depth look at many interesting aspects of water, go to - H2O - The Mystery, Art, and Science of Water which includes  The Chemistry of Water by Professor Jill Granger.
The definitive site for Cryptosporidium/Coccidial Research.
Information on Endocrine Disrupters - Endocrine Disrupters - All the better to confuse you with and WWF Canada's Web Guide to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.
The American Water Works Association White Papers - Water quality issues from the water treatment industry perspective.

Click here for current news about drinking water.  This link may give some interesting, if unpredictable results - only the first few are usually relevant.

You may search the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and PubMed databases for the following topics and read the most current abstracts from medical journals.  (The search is actually conducted at the NLM.  The NLM 
does not hold the copyright on the abstracts found in PubMed, the journal publishers do. required disclaimer)

Disinfection byproducts and cancer: note that the references go back to the
mid 60s
Disinfection byproducts and adverse pregnancy outcomes: note, this is a relatively new finding - most of the relevant references only go back to the
mid 90s.
Solar disinfection of drinking water: Solar disinfection of water may significantly reduce morbidity in communities with no other means of disinfection of drinking water, because of lack of resources or in the event of a disaster.

There are some 300 - 400 sites listed in the pages below.  Unfortunately, with so many links, it is inevitable that some will change location or disappear completely over time.  Occasionally, I try to weed out the discontinued links, fix the ones that have moved, and add new links of interest.

For most references I have provided links to both a home page and to specific articles of interest at the site. Most of the references are annotated, usually with a short, verbatim extract from the page referenced. Since the words in the extracts are not mine, they do not necessarily reflect my views. I have tried to set my comments about a site (in parentheses). I have attempted to include sites that encompass a wide variety of opinions on the issues under discussion, and consequently, the content of some sites I reference may not correspond to my personal views.

If you encounter a bad link that looks interesting, try going to the site's home page, locate a site search engine (if present), and enter the topic of interest.  That is how I try to fix bad links, and it seems to work about 50 - 60% of the time.

Links By Subject
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Children and Water Contaminants --- Drinking Water Contaminants --- Education Sites --- Emergency Drinking Water -- General Water Quality Information --- Health and Water --- Misc. Journal Abstracts --- Regulations and Violations --- Risk Analysis and Contaminants --- Site Search Engines --- Water Treatment Options


Links By Category
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Environmental Sites --- Federal and National Sites --- Journals, Newsletters, etc. --- News Groups, Magazines, Books, etc. --- Organizations, Manufacturers, Certification --- Miscellaneous Sites --- Water Treatment Facilities --- University Related Sites and Extension Services --- International Sites --- State Related Sites