Water Sanitation Health

Chemical hazards in drinking-water - petroleum products

Petroleum products are considered in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality.

The Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality also consider for individual chemicals:

Rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality

Background

Petroleum oils have not been evaluated by the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. The Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Final Task Force (Geneva, 2003) recommended that a background document on petroleum oils be published in the first addendum to the Third Edition.

Expected end-product(s)

1) Background document and summary statement for inclusion in the first addendum to the Third Edition; 2) possibly revised background document for Fourth Edition.

Progress to date

The GDWQ WG meeting (Geneva, 2004) recommended publication of the background document on petroleum oils, as amended. The GDWQ WG meeting (Geneva, 2005) noted that the document has undergone peer and public domain review and will be published shortly. The GDWQ WG meeting (Geneva, 2006) noted that a slight revision to the document may be required for the second addendum, after which the item can be removed from the plan of work. There was no progress to report by the time of the GDWQ WG meeting (Berlin, 2007), so any change needed will be made for the Fourth Edition.

The background document and the summary statement are now available.

Other publications of interest

In preparation

  • Managing surface waters for health
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