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110 Years of Water Chlorination

Celebrate 110

110 years ago life was very different in the United States. Waterborne diseases like typhoid fever and dysentery were a common part of life—and a common cause of death, too.

This month, we celebrate a public health milestone: 110 years of drinking water chlorination in the United States. More than ever, we acknowledge the brave and important work of Dr. John L. Leal and the enduring contribution he made to improving public health in our country and all over the world.

We hope you’ll enjoy learning more about this exciting achievement with the following:

Celebrate Water Chlorination
A short video that provides an overview of how Dr. John L. Leal pioneered drinking water chlorination in the United States.

Op-Ed: “110 years ago a public health triumph
Dr. Joan Rose, international authority on water issues and 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, provides a succinct history of the 110th anniversary of U.S. drinking water chlorination, its contribution to public health, and the current state of clean water around the globe.

When Drinking Water Become Safer
Dr. Michael McGuire, award-winning author of The Chlorine Revolution, offers an engaging and in-depth history of drinking water chlorination in the United States.

The Chlorine Revolution Public Health Webinar Series
If you work for a public health educational institution and are interested in having your own live webinar featuring Dr. Michael J. McGuire, click here to learn more about the topic and how to schedule it.

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