Water Sanitation Health

Pharmaceuticals in drinking-water

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World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 52
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 9241502085

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Overview

Reports of trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals in the water cycle have raised concerns amongst various stakeholders such as drinking-water regulators, governments, water suppliers and the public, over potential human health risks from exposure to very low levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water.

This technical report aims to provide practical guidance and recommendations in managing concerns over pharmaceuticals in drinking-water, taking into consideration the available scientific knowledge and evidence. It emphasizes the importance to prioritize this emerging issue in the overall context of water safety management, which includes microbial and other chemical risks that may threaten the safety of drinking-water.

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