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Discussing rural water quality

Large metropolitan areas utilize extensive infrastructure in order to provide clean drinking water to the public. In smaller towns and rural areas, however, the capabilities of water-related infrastructure can vary greatly from those of urban regions. Small public water systems in these locations often have limited capacity and shoulder a disproportionate share of environmental violations.

Professor Natalie Hull researches ways in which emerging molecular biology tools and treatment methods can make water cleaner and safer to drink. She understands well the many water-related challenges that rural areas face, having grown up in an place marred by polluted, local waterways. She said that, in addition to the sometimes limited capabilities of small, public water systems, that rural residents often face challenges in their own back yards. "Private water systems are also common and are generally unregulated, which places the burden of monitoring and maintenance on private owners," she stated.

Recently, Dr. Hull joined in a discussion of rural water quality in Ohio on All Sides with Ann Fisher, a daily public affairs talk show produced by WOSU Public Media.

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