Mt street res


CEE/EHS 597B - Potable Water for Small and Disadvantaged Communities

Instructors: Reckhow, Kumpel, Milman and Ford

In this course, we will create several interdisciplinary teams of students who will work together over the semester to address problems experienced by a specific nearby public water system,  Each of the instructors will present background on public water supplies from the perspective of their academic disciplines and case studies from recent experience using the Res’Eau Community Circle program as well as other similar efforts . The instructors will then work with each of the student teams to begin addressing the problems at the assigned study sites. (course syllabus)

Detailed schedule with lecture slides, and required reading

Course Resources

  • Other literature

In the News

External websites


Additional background: In the US, there are about 150,000 public drinking water systems, of these 50,000 are considered community water systems.  The vast majority of these systems are small (serving less than 3,300 people), underfunded, under staffed and experience almost daily challenges to meet the needs of their customers, and the regulatory agencies.  This creates new underserved populations in communities that are often already disadvantaged; a situation that raises serious environmental justice concerns.  Solving these problems requires a concerted effort by interdisciplinary teams including social scientists, engineers, political scientists, public health scientists, chemists and economists.




Return to Dave Reckhow's home page.