Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education
Dr. Christopher Miller
Dr. William Schneider
Dr. Stephen Duirk
Disinfection of drinking water provides a safe, reliable, and clean water supply and has been protecting public health successfully throughout the 20th century. However, factors such as deteriorating infrastructure, introduction of microbial pathogens, or disinfection byproducts create problems and reduce the effectiveness of a drinking water treatment plant. Every day the public is drinking known carcinogens that are regulated by the EPA and tested for quarterly by treatment plants. To combat rising costs involved with upgrading source water treatment, point-of-use treatment is a popular option that treats water as it leaves the distribution system instead of being treated before discharge. Point-of-use treatment includes water pitchers, faucet attachments, and dispensers located in refrigerators. These devices provide potential savings for treatment plants in addition to added protection against drinking water contamination.
Brophy, Robert, "Impacts of Water Sources on the Effectiveness of Point-Of-Use Water Treatment" (2016). Honors Research Projects. 291.