Water Quality and Water Pollution

INTRODUCTION

This chapter depends upon and ties together the information, sub-problems, and Best Practices that have been presented in the previous chapters including: Chapter 2, “Air Quality (Outdoor [Ambient] and Indoor)”; Chapter 3, “Built Environment—Healthy Homes and Healthy Communities”; Chapter 4, “Children’s Environmental Health Issues”; Chapter 5, “Environmental Health Emergencies, Disasters, and Terrorism”; Chapter 8, “Healthcare Environment and Infection Control”; Chapter 9, “Insect Control, Rodent Control, and Pesticides”; Chapter 10, “Recreational Environment and Swimming Areas”; Chapter 11, “Sewage Disposal Systems”; Chapter 12, “Solid Wastes, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Waste Management”; and Chapter 13, “Water Systems (Drinking Water Quality)” (See endnotes 1, 13, 14, 15, 17).

It is clearly seen from actual practice that the various environmental media of air, water, and land are very much inter-related and interdependent regarding the good and necessary things that we have in life and also the problems of environmental pollutants that move back and forth through each of these media. This also reminds the reader that all individuals, no matter what their specialty, whether that be environmental health and its subdivisions or environmental protection, sustainability, and its subdivisions, have an important task to perform by working together to make the world a better place to live in by carrying out the necessary task collectively to protect the health of people and protect the finite environment that supports us as a society. Thus, we now have this highly detailed book with excellent resources, which will appeal to all individuals in all sections of the environmental field.

 
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