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
||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
||Drinking water quality and health - A good ,
brief overview of drinking water quality.
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
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
Disinfection byproducts and adverse pregnancy
outcomes: note, this is a relatively new finding - most of the
relevant references only go back to the
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
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