09/15/2017- Water Research Foundation Webcast. Public debate about changes in water treatment and the need to make wise decisions for sustainable, safe drinking water treatment are an important and integral part of the water sector. Scientists, engineers, and decision makers must use the best available science, consider regulatory requirements, and listen to citizen concerns about costs, benefits, and risks, in order to make complex and long-lasting treatment decisions that address multiple objectives. Despite the fact that chloramines are widely used in the United States and have a history of use in drinking water spanning nearly 100 years, concerns about formation of unregulated disinfection by-products, association of chloramines with lead contamination events, and other human and environmental concerns have resulted in passionate, heated debates in some communities. This webcast, presented by Dr. Ben Stanford and Dr. Mark LeChevallier, provided an overview of chloramine use in water treatment, discussed the concerns associated with chloramine use, and provided research findings from recent studies on the formation of unregulated disinfection by-products in both chloraminated and chlorinated systems.
This webcast was co-sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).