Water Sanitation Health

Chemical hazards in drinking-water

Spinosad DT

Spinosad DT is included in the plan of work of the rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality.

The background document and summary statement for the 4th edition are now available.


The GDWQ Final Task Force meeting (Geneva, 2003) recommended that background documents be prepared on WHOPES pesticides applied to water for public health purposes as part of the rolling revision. Spinosad DT 7.48% has been specified for use as a vector control agent in drinking-water sources against Aedes aegypti by WHO under WHOPES.

Expected end-product(s)

Background document and summary statement for publication in the Fourth Edition.

Progress to date

The GDWQ WG meeting (Geneva, 2009) reviewed the draft background document on spinosad and recommended minor revisions before review.

Other publications of interest

Managing surface waters for health (in preparation)