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:
Aspects of analytical achievability [Section 8.3, pp. 157-166]
Technical achievability (through treatment and other means) [Section 8.4, pp 166-184]
Rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality
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.
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
- Protecting groundwater for health: Managing the quality of drinking-water sources
- Chemical safety of drinking-water: Assessing priorities for risk management
- Managing surface waters for health