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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

September 6, 2005
To: Reporters, editors
From: Phil Sneiderman, prs@jhu.edu
Subject: Experts on water quality, pollution, and treatment plant reconstruction issues raised by Hurricane Katrina

Three Johns Hopkins University professors in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering are available to answer reporters' questions on water quality issues facing the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Professors Edward Bouwer, Charles O'Melia and William Ball are prepared to field questions about drinking water supplies, wastewater treatment and public health issues (related to water- and food-borne diseases). They can explain why getting water treatment plants running again and cleaning the distribution system will be a major challenge. They can also discuss why the collection and treatment of post-hurricane sewage and industrial wastewater is important for maintaining sanitary conditions.

Reporters who wish to interview these experts should contact Phil Sneiderman, senior media relations representative at Johns Hopkins. His phone number is 443-287-9960; his e-mail is prs@jhu.edu.

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Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering
William Ball
Edward Bouwer
Charles O'Melia

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