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Reestablishing Public Health and Land Use Planning to Protect Public Water Supplies

Reestablishing Public Health and Land Use Planning to Protect Public Water Supplies

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, inadequate treatment of human, animal, and industrial wastes has challenged those charged with providing potable water.1–3 In 1993, more than 100 people in Milwaukee died from Cryptosporidium, which underscored the reality that our treatment technologies for water supplies are not foolproof.3 Yet, leaking landfills, industrial lagoons, feedlots, and terrorists are perceived as greater threats to public health than runoff is.Building on green lands leads to paving those lands. As a result, rain that would otherwise fall into streams and recharge an aquifer are diverted. The impact of diversion can be seen when the areas downstream become flooded after heavy storms. Water quality is affected by uncontrolled development that leads to runoff... Show More
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