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Pure and Wholesome—The Original Definition of Safe Drinking Water

by Michael J. McGuire I have been intrigued by the term “pure and wholesome” throughout my career. After I came upon it during my research for The Chlorine Revolution, I knew that I had to learn more about it. One … Continue reading

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Chapter 1–The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives

By Michael J. McGuire The Journey that Launched a Revolution “revolution . . . a: sudden, radical, or complete change . . . e: a changeover in use or preference especially in technology” Merriam-Webster, “Revolution” Dr. John L. Leal, a physician turned … Continue reading

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The Best of “This Day in Water History”—2012

By Michael J. McGuire I have been posting daily water historical happenings since September 1, 2012 on my other blog This Day in Water History. I thought it would be fun to choose my favorites and post short versions of … Continue reading

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George Warren Fuller: The Greatest Sanitary Engineer of His Time

by Michael J. McGuire George Warren Fuller was, quite simply, the greatest sanitary engineer of his time, and his time was long—lasting from 1895 to 1934.  In truth, we have not seen his like since.  How did he reach the … Continue reading

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John L. Leal—Hero of Public Health

by Michael J. McGuire Who? I’ve never heard of him. How could he be a hero of public health? He wasn’t like Jonas Salk was he? Did he invent a vaccine to cure one of the dreaded diseases that killed … Continue reading

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“Don’t know much about history…”

by Michael J. McGuire With apologies to the legendary Sam Cooke and his 1958 hit song, “Wonderful World.” The fact is that environmental engineers and scientists who are practicing today know very little about the history of their profession.  Heaven … Continue reading

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The Chlorine Revolution

by Michael J. McGuire My new book will be published in spring 2013:  The Chlorine Revolution:  Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives. The book is about a courageous physician and his partnership with the greatest sanitary engineer of the time … Continue reading

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