Her curriculum vitae spans three pages and the accolades are endless, including four times on America’s Who’s Who. As chair of the Water Quality and Health Council, Joan B. Rose, Ph.D., is working on new solutions for waterborne pathogens such as cryptosporidium
An unstoppable scientist, Rose is like the Tasmanian devil of aquatics, plowing through years of research in her fight to improve water quality. She thinks technology is one of the keys in that battle.
“We’ve got all these potential biosensors and new approaches for monitoring,” she says. “If they can put a biomonitor in an airport or in a mall in Washington, D.C., we should be able to put them on our pools.”
Despite her warnings about water quality, Rose, a former competitive swimmer, encourages people to enjoy the water. To that end, she is involved with the Healthy Pools campaign, a joint effort of several groups, including the Centers for Disease Control, the National Consumers League, the Water Quality & Health Council, the Chlorine Chemistry Council and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.
The campaign aims to bring people to the water, and to correct general misconceptions about the public health needs of pools. “We should really be more reassured of the safety of water,” Rose says.
Her efforts are not in vain. More and more facilities are aware of the troubles stemming from RWIs and are taking steps to prevent them from occurring.
And scientists such as Rose will not stop until the message is spread and accepted by all in the aquatics community. If Rose has anything to say about it, one day they will. — Rin-rin Yu