Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center at UMass Amherst

Seminars & Webinars

3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water

EPA is hosting this webinar January 30, 2017 1:00-2:00PM

The 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools was developed using a training, testing, telling approach to assist schools in implementing a voluntary lead testing program.  The webinar will provide a background on lead in drinking water, suggested steps for sampling at schools, discuss appropriate remediation measures, and the important aspects of an effective communication strategy.


Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

February 8, 2017 - 4:00 PM in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building on the UMass Amherst campus.

Professor David Reckhow

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Drinking Water in Crisis: Lead, Lignin, and Legionella
As events continue to unfold in Flint, Michigan, the nation is more than ever focused on the quality of its drinking water. Environmental engineers have long recognized lead exposure as a significant public health crisis; now there may be strong enough public support to do something about it. However, lead is not the only challenge to public health that the U.S. drinking water sector faces. This lecture will review the current state of knowledge on lead in drinking water and on another critical issue, the presence of carcinogenic disinfection by-products. It will include aspects of engineering, chemistry, public health, social justice, and public policy; prominently feature work being done in the UMass Amherst environmental engineering research labs; and suggest how we might solve pressing water issues and how water will need to be managed in the world’s growing megacities.

Water Society Politics Reading Group

We are an interdisciplinary group of scholars focused on the relationships between water and society. Once a month we gather informally to discuss an academic article or topic picked by a member of the group. Meetings are held at the UMass Faculty Club (don't be confused by the name - students are welcome), usually around 5pm (exact time and date varies) and typically last one to two hours. It's a good group of people - open, social, and interested in learning from the readings and from one another.

If you are new and interested and coming - please send an email to amilman 'at' to obtain a copy of the reading, and so we can make sure you are on the list for updates and any other information. Also feel free to simply show up.

Date & Place


no meeting planned at this time