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From Source Water to Drinking Water: Workshop Summary
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC TRUST
Education is necessary if we are going to ensure public trust in the drinking water system. Education will be needed at all levels, including members of the public, local governments, and health care providers. Risk assessment has to be understood when individuals are concerned about contaminants in their drinking water, noted some panelists. It is difficult to predict which contaminants people will be concerned about and which they will ignore, noted Barker Hamill of the EPA Bureau of Safe Drinking Water. Other participants agreed and suggested that we should engage in regular discussions about the real issues that face our water supply and water quality and this discussion must include the public. Seacrest followed with the suggestion that resources have to be released for education. This is especially important for people who have a community-based system for water delivery or an individual system.