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Assessing Microbial Safety of Drinking Water

Improving Approaches and Methods

Assessing Microbial Safety of Drinking Water by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Inadequate drinking water and sanitation are amongst the world’s major causes of preventable morbidity and mortality. This book provides a state-of-the-art review on approaches and methods used in assessing the microbial safety of drinking-water. It supports the rapidly emerging trend towards preventive management and a broader, system-wide outlook. It supports a framework for water safety which extends from resource to consumer and is based on rigorous risk assessment and risk management. The book offers guidance on the selection and use of available indicators alongside operational monitoring to meet specific information needs. It looks at potential applications of ‘new’ technologies and emerging methods.

This book, which is the outcome of a shared WHO-OECD initiative since 1998, provides important background for the development of the third edition of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality and provides information and support towards implementation of effective national and local approaches to drinking water safety based on them.

WHO’s International Standards and Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality have provided the international norms for drinking water quality and human health since the 1950s.

Further reading

Biotechnology for Water Use and Conservation: The Mexico '96 Workshop, OECD 1997.  

The Price of Water: Trends in OECD Countries, OECD, 1999.

Molecular Technologies for safe Drinking Water, OECD, 1999.(www.oecd.org/sti/biotechnology)

Drinking Water and Infectious Disease: Establishing the Links, CRC/IWA, 2003.

Water Quality: Guidelines, Standards and Health, IWA/WHO, 2001.

Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality (plus addenda), WHO, 1993-2002.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
296 pages; ISBN 9789264099470
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Title: Assessing Microbial Safety of Drinking Water
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development