• Project Researcher, Water Quality and Standards

    Experience (Years)
  • Position Overview

    How Good is Your Drinking Water?  Consumer Reports is working on the answer. 
    We have have been tasked with determining the overall quality of tap water available to consumers in their homes and with providing consumers tools to determine if their tap water meets quality guidelines.
    We will also be evaluating the criteria used by municipalities to see if it meets current standards and developing a water ratings system.

    Qualifications Include

    Candidates should be skilled researchers, able to assess current test methodologies, gather data, and analyze results.  Familiarity with environmental standards and water testing preferred.  This is a 6 month assignment suttable for a currently enrolled Masters student.

    Key Responsibilities

    Assess current methodologies to test (parameters, frequency, and uniformity) and communicate water safety to consumers (mail, web/social media, public service announcements, etc.)


    Where they exist, evaluate the adequacy of existing ratings systems to evaluate water safety and identify potential gaps.


    Identify potential gaps and opportunities in current practice;  identify and prioritize potential contaminants and determining safe levels, if any exist.


    Work with CR experts to develop a rigorous definition and testable standard of drinkable water and compare this proposed standard to present standards.  Identify where this new standard would be an improvement.


    Review  existing ways in which information about the safety of various water systems is produced and how it is communicated to consumers


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