Water Sanitation Health

Domestic water quantity, service level and health


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 39
Publication date: 2003
Languages: English
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The quantity of water delivered and used for households is an important aspect of domestic water supplies, which influences hygiene and therefore public health.

This paper reviews the requirements for water for health-related purposes to derive a figure of an acceptable minimum to meet the needs for consumption (hydration and food preparation) and basic hygiene.