Bottled vs. tap water: Chemistry Cafe Lecture Series to address water purity Oct. 30

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The University of Tulsa and the American Chemical Society Tulsa Section will host the annual Chemistry Café Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Gallery Room of the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the TU campus. The lecture will feature a discussion on “Tap/Bottled Water — What Are the Facts?”

A panel of experts will discuss the pluses and minuses regarding the purity of tap water and bottled water along with other useful information. Following brief statements by each panel member, the meeting will be opened up for questions and comments from the public.

Panelists include the following experts:

• Robert Brownwood, Tulsa Water Department

• Michael Patton, Metropolitan Environmental Trust (MET)

• Steven Raupe, International Bottled Water Association

• Bill Potter, TU professor of chemistry

"We can no longer take water for granted,” said Bill Potter, who is a TU professor and one of the panelists. “As Jacques Cousteau said, ‘We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.’ It is a fundamental shift to go from obtaining water out of a tap to obtaining it from a bottle.”

The Oct. 30 lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the TU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at (918) 631-2515.