Water sanitation hygiene

Guidelines for drinking-water quality, 4th edition, incorporating the 1st addendum

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 631
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English, French
ISBN: 978-92-4-154995-0


The fourth edition of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality (GDWQ) builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.

It is the product of significant revisions to clarify and elaborate on ways of implementing its recommendations of contextual hazard identification and risk management, through the establishment of health-based targets, catchment-to-consumer water safety plans and independent surveillance.

This first addendum updates the fourth edition. Updates reflect new evidence and further, provides additional explanations to support better understanding and application of the guidance.

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