Safe Drinking Water and the History Behind it With Mike McGuire

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In the fourth session of The Water Values Podcast, Mike McGuire joins us to talk about safe drinking water. Mike is a California-based engineer, author, blogger and water historian. He provides a terrific interview and reveals some little known history about safe drinking water. He also relates a story about drinking water from his travels to China and how Chinese culture approaches drinking water.

In this Session, You’ll Learn about:

  • Dr. John Leal, the man responsible for bringing safe drinking water to the masses
  • George Warren Fuller, the sanitary engineer who designed the world’s first chlorine feed system
  • Waterborne diseases prevalent in turn-of-the-century water systems that proliferate today where safe drinking water is not available
  • Chemophobia
  • The turn-of-the-century Jersey City, New Jersey, water supply and the public-private partnership that led to the chlorination of drinking water
  • How a court case led to the widespread chlorination of drinking water
  • The research behind Mike’s book, The Chlorine Revolution, that uncovered information that would otherwise be lost to history
  • Why Chinese culture provides that drinking water should be served hot

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Click here to download the Transcript for Session 4 of The Water Values Podcast.

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