Water Sanitation Health

Safe piped water: Managing microbial water quality in piped distribution systems

Edited by Richard Ainsworth

Microorganisms occur in piped distributions from source water, through contamination during distributions and because of growth. Different organisms may cause a range of adverse health effects. Effective management varies with the organisms and their origin.

Safe Piped Water addresses the factors affecting the presence and growth of micro-organisms in piped networks as well as the practices of water supply organisations that can directly or indirectly influence them. The book shows that there are often public health reasons for adopting a more proactive approach to many of the traditional practices used in designing, operating and maintaining distribution networks, and to modifying the composition of the water that is fed into those networks.

The information and conclusions contained in Safe Piped Water are intended for policy makers and those responsible for formulating ‘Water Safety Plans’ for the supply of drinking-water. The book is also highly relevant to engineers and scientists who are responsible for water supply planning, operations and monitoring.

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© World Health Organization (WHO) 2004
Published on behalf of the World Health Organization by IWA Publishing
ISBN 92 4 156251 X (WHO), ISBN 1 84339 039 6 (IWA Publishing)

This document is in English only.
Order No. 11500557
To order a copy, please contact: bookorders@who.int
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