Science Cafe: What's in My Water?
We all know that water is essential to good health, but where does the water you drink come from and what types of chemicals and other contaminants might be lurking within it? Is bottled water safer than tap water? What happens to all of those bottles and what types of regulations are in place to ensure our drinking water is clean? There are many types of contaminants in the water we drink, including pesticides, endocrine disruptors and even pharmaceuticals. In an age when human activities threaten the primary sources of NC drinking water, what needs to be done to ensure our water is “safe”?
About Our Speaker
Heather Patisaul is an Associate Professor of Biology at NC State University. She earned her PhD in evolutionary biology from Emory University in Atlanta, and her postdoctoral work focused on neuroanatomy and neurotoxicology. Patisaul’s research examines how chemicals in the built and wild environment influence brain development and behavior. Her current work explores the potential health consequences of exposure to emerging chemical contaminants found in our homes, food and water.