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November 1, 2018Was Austin’s 3-Minute Boil Water Notice Overkill?

In Mid-October, Austin Water officials discussed issuing “a boil water notice in the wake of floods that gummed up water treatment plants with sediment, they had to make a decision: How long should Austinites be told to boil their water?

The phrase “abundance of caution” is “meaningless and contentless and is used to replace an actual rationale for a public health decision,” said George Annas, Professor at BU School of Public Health and Director for the Center for Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights. “It should be retired as a way to let public officials off the hook of actually making a decision,” Annas said of the phrase.

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