Instructions given to the public by water companies and other authorities in the aftermath of chemical contaminations are inconsistent and not validated by science. So say scientists in the US who are developing models to understand complex plumbing systems to ensure consumers get the best guidance on how to regain access to safe drinking water.
In the last two years, more than a million people in Canada and the US have been affected by similar incidents. Large-scale water contamination incidents are not uncommon, yet there has been little research into purification procedures.
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Read the original research paper in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology:
Decontaminating chemically contaminated residential premise plumbing systems by flushing
K. S. Casteloes, R. H. Brazeau and A. J. Whelton
Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5EW00118H, Paper