Eric Dietrich

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Eric is a humanitarian engineer and freelance journalist who has worked with water quality issues in western Kenya and on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeast Montana. He holds a B.S. in environmental engineering from Montana State University in Bozeman, where he was a longtime member of the campus’s award-winning Engineers Without Borders chapter and the editor of its weekly student paper, the Exponent.

How to assess drinking water quality

Clean water is generally defined as water that is free from microbial, chemical and physical contamination. This includes contaminants that present a health risk (e.g. disease-causing bacteria, toxic metals) and those that have no health risk but can make the water unpleasant to drink (e.g. poor taste resulting from high …

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