Juneseok Lee on national water quality research team

Juneseok Lee

Juneseok Lee, an associate professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as Faculty Industry Chair at California Water Service Company, has teamed with researchers at Purdue and Michigan State University to better understand and predict water quality and health risks posed by declining water usage and low flows. The group was recently granted $2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Naegleria fowleri
   Naegleria fowleri

Low-flow building water systems designed to conserve water pose potential health hazards because they may cause an increase in disease-causing organisms such as the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, which causes Legionnaires disease; the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri; Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an antibiotic-resistant pathogen associated with serious illnesses; and Mycobacterium avium, which causes respiratory illness, especially in immunocompromised people.

The three-year collaborative research project is also funded with $1.1 million from non-federal sources including Whirlpool, Citizens Energy Group, and the Avon Community School Corporation.

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