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Drinking Water and Water Policy: Avoiding Another Flint

East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
Environmental Health and Engineering
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Thu 06/13/2019 - Fri 06/14/2019
Class Times:
  • Th F,  1:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • J. Alan Roberson
Alan Roberson

This course bridges the gap between water science and water policy by developing a deeper understanding of the complex water science and policy issues that will lead to a suite of solutions for the future.

Provides an overview of the federal drinking water and clean water laws, as well as the resultant regulations from these laws. Considers the contaminants addressed by the regulations and the drinking water and wastewater treatment necessary to comply with the regulations. Explores the use of the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to understand what’s in drinking water. Investigates current issues and problems facing the water sector, as well as some of the potential solutions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze how environmental laws and regulations protect public health and a clean environment
  2. Describe the various microbial, chemical and radiological compounds that threaten safe drinking water and clean water and the treatment processes to remove/reduce them
  3. Identify how science and policy blend together for implementation of drinking water and clean water regulatory programs
  4. Discuss the current drinking water issues and problems and some potential solutions
  5. Describe past drinking water “failures” and ways in which they may be avoided in the future
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation
  • 70% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are required to complete reading assignments prior to the start of the class. The final paper will be due [June 21, 2019]