Don't Drink the Water

TitleDon't Drink the Water
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsSmith, JKA
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCHEMICAL engineering , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL engineering , professional responsibility , public safety
AbstractIn this brief case a chemical engineer is contracted by a small municipality to test drinking water. Upon finding a dangerous level of contaminants in the water, the engineer is stonewalled by the Utilities Commission manager of the financially strapped municipality. (From a collection of cases compiled and edited by Dr. James K. A. Smith, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, for his course "Engineering Ethics".
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