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Drinking Water from A to Z
September 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Dr. Joseph Cotruvo PhD, BCES
10:00 – 11:00 am, Wednesdays
Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 (6 weeks)
Class exclusively online
Is U.S. drinking water safe, particularly in Toledo? What should you know before you buy bottled water and home treatment devices? This class will provide an overview of drinking water history, composition, chemical and microbial quality, water treatment, and safety regulations and consumer concerns. It will also address desalination, water recycling, and coronavirus tracking in sewage. We will review several publicized drinking water issues including: Flint and lead (what really happened), Chrome VI (Erin Brockovich story), Perfluorochemicals (PFAS), Toledo’s algal bloom and algal toxins event, microplastic particles in food and water, and water related Legionellosis. Readings will be provided as background information, but not required.
Dr. Joseph Cotruvo is a Toledo native with a BS in Chemistry from UT and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from OSU. He spent 25 years at USEPA in Washington principally as first Director of EPA’s Drinking Water Standards Division, and as Director of EPA’s Risk Assessment Division in the Toxic Substances program. Since his retirement from the EPA, Joe works as an international consultant on water, environment and public health and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Drinking Water Guidelines Committee. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at email@example.com or 419-824-3707.