ERIC Number: ED156434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Drinking Water and Health.
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.
In response to a provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 which called for a study that would serve as a scientific basis for revising the primary drinking water regulations that were promulgated under the Act, a study of the scientific literature was undertaken in order to assess the implications for human health of the constituents of drinking water in the United States. The risk to people of contaminants ingested in drinking water was evaluated on the basis of both epidemiological and lab animal studies. Five classes of contaminants were examined: microorganisms, particulate matter, inorganic solutes, organic solutes, and radionuclides. Health effects associated with 22 inorganic solutes were reviewed. In addition, 129 organic compounds (including 55 pesticides) were examined. A list of compounds in drinking water that are known or suspected carcinogens was prepared. Also, an acceptable daily intake was calculated for 45 compounds that were judged to be potentially toxic but not carcinogenic. (Author/BB)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, Diseases, Environment, Health, Microbiology, Pesticides, Pollution, Public Health, Scientific Research, Water Pollution, Water Resources
Printing and Publishing Office, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C. 20418 ($20.75)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.