NAE member to discuss tap water quality

Published: Apr 10, 2007 4:52:09 PM
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Vernon Snoeyink, emeritus professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana, will be delivering a lecture as part of the Environmental and Water Research Program in the Department of Civil Engineering. His lecture, "Treatment to Minimize Water Quality Changes and Energy Losses during Distribution," will be held Wed., April 18 at 3 p.m. in Foy 208. The EWR seminar series is jointly sponsored by CH2MHILL-Montgomery and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. The university community is invited to attend this lecture.

Snoeyik's lecture will address precautions to ensure that the quality of tap water is substantially the same as that which leaves the purification plant. Drinking water must be treated so that it meets standards and is aesthetically pleasing, but also so that its quality does not deteriorate and it does not form energy-consuming scales as it travels through the pipe network to the tap. Improperly treated water may lead to corrosion of lead and copper pipe and violations of health-based standards, as well as multitude of other serious issues.

Snoeyink holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's degree in sanitary engineering and a doctorate in water resources engineering, all from the University of Michigan. His research program in recent years has centered on the removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water using adsorption systems, especially granular and powdered activated carbon systems that are coupled with membrane systems. Snoeyink is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the International Water Association. He served as president of the Association of Engineering and Science Professors and currently is on the Editorial Advisory Board of AQUA.