Coal Ash. Lead. Aging Infrastructure. Every drink of water is a risk: Where did it come from? How did it get there? What chemicals or microbes are in it? Who processed it and how well? Come listen to an interdisciplinary group of Duke University students showcase their creative projects, sharing insights they learned from communities and stakeholders across the state about the kinds of risks they encounter in their drinking water.
This Periodic Tables presentation focuses on three different case studies that explore water and risk in North Carolina: lead contamination in Durham, coal ash impoundments in Belmont, and aging infrastructure in Orange County. Collectively, these case studies make visible the structural risks built into our politics, laws, and infrastructure.
Join us for an evening of discussion on local drinking water and the complex factors impacting its quality.
Kathleen Burns, English-PHD
Nadratun Chowdhury, Civil & Environmental Engineering-PHD
Rupanjali Karthik, Master of Laws
Tommy Lin, Chemistry and Computer Science-BS
In partnership with Duke’s DECIPHER team.
Admission is $5. All ticket sales go toward supporting the program. Attendees may secure advanced tickets to guarantee seating for the event; preferred seating will be reserved.