Science and Technology to Ensure the Safety of the Nation's Drinking Water   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Americans have come to expect access to safe and affordable drinking water as a fundamental right and integral part of sustaining public health. And, indeed, public drinking‐water systems in the United States provide safe, high‐quality drinking water most of the time in most places. But public confidence regarding the quality of their drinking water has been shaken lately by a series of high‐visibility crises that have resulted in temporary drinking‐water‐system closures and do‐not‐use advisories. These high‐ profile crises highlight the long‐term, national challenges to maintaining high‐quality drinking water, resulting particularly from continuing and legacy pollution of source waters and an aging infrastructure that is in need of significant repair and modernization. As part of the Administration's response to concerns about the safety of the Nation's drinking water, underscored by the revelations about lead in tap water in Flint, Michigan, President Obama asked his President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), in March 2016, how science and technology (S&T) could more effectively be brought to bear on the challenge of ensuring the safety of the Nation's drinking water."

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