Drinking Water Associated Pathology

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Handbook of Environment and Waste Management: Air and Water Pollution Control


© 2012 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. There are over 100 different types of pathogens that can be found in contaminated water. Contaminated drinking water due to inadequate and unsanitary disposal of sewage and excreta continue to pose a threat to the health in many communities in developing countries. Groundwaters, surface waters, and distribution systems are at risk. Waterborne disease outbreaks are rising due to increasing vulnerable populations, politcal upheaval, and high numbers of refugees in developing countries. Natural disasters such as flooding and droughts due to climatic changes may also be affecting global water quality. As we move into the next century, it will be important to arm drinking water utility personnel with current and comprehensive information regarding waterborne pathogens and the importance of maintaining vigilance in their control.