The ramifications of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis continues to spread more than two years after the city was thrust into the national spotlight because of lead contamination in its drinking water. What happened in Flint was a tragedy, but it also accelerated a larger trend around municipal water.
When involved in a collaborative, international health care project, it is best to set aside what you know and open your mind to how other parts of the world treat their drinking water. Take what you have learned and evaluate it to see if the processes can be applied elsewhere.
Safe drinking water is a precious commodity. Yet there are no universally recognized and accepted international standards for drinking water. Even where standards do exist and are applied, the number, types and permitted concentrations of contaminants covered may vary significantly from one standard to another.