The Case for Very Hot Water

By Janet Raloff, 15:41 PM October 22, 2008

For years, conservation advocates have told consumers to turn down the thermostat on their hot-water heaters — largely to save energy, but also to avoid scalding showers and baths.  At least for some people, however, this green tactic could prove dangerous, new studies indicate.

“The number one cause of waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States,” says environmental engineer Marc Edwards, “is not contaminants leaving the water treatment plant (we do a good job of killing those). It’...

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