AWWA announces fifth edition of popular drinking water publication

DENVER, CO, Jan. 22, 2010 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced the publication of the fifth edition of Plain Talk About Drinking Water...

• Includes answers to 231 common questions about water

DENVER, CO, Jan. 22, 2010 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced the publication of the fifth edition of Plain Talk About Drinking Water. As consumers become more concerned with where their water comes from and what it contains, they also want to know more about how to protect it from contamination, how to conserve it, and the truth about home water-treatment devices.

Plain Talk About Drinking Water, AWWA's all-time top-selling book, addresses these and many more common consumer questions about tap water. The new fifth edition has more information than ever, containing 231 questions and answers on topics including:

• Health
• Taste, Odor, and Appearance
• Sources
• Distribution
• Conservation
• Regulations, Reporting, and Water Security
• Fascinating Facts

The familiar question-and-answer format makes Plain Talk about Drinking Water an easy-to-comprehend reference for anyone with an interest in drinking water, including school teachers, college professors, newspaper and magazine writers, TV reporters, environmental protection groups, water district officials, and doctor's offices. It's a great resource for water utility employees, too.

Plain Talk About Drinking Water is available in AWWA's online bookstore at

About the Author:
Plain Talk about Drinking Water is based on the work of Dr. James M. Symons, who has written more than 100 technical articles on drinking water and related subjects. He has received eight national awards for his research and publications.

In addition to serving as the Cullen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, University of Houston, Symons is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a lifetime member of the American Water Works Association.

The fifth edition is edited by Gay Porter De Nileon. Contributing editors are Allen Panek and Jacqueline R. Glover.

About the Publication:
Plain Talk about Drinking Water
Answers to Your Questions About the Water You Drink
Fifth Edition
By Dr. James M. Symons
Published by American Water Works Association
ISBN: 978-1-583221-742-9
AWWA members: $12.95
Retail: $17.95
Quantity discounts are available.
Catalog No. 20244

About AWWA
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.


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