drinking water standard Articles

  • Drinking Water Standards

    The most important point of departure for drinking water standards is the World Health Organisation Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. These are widely used throughout the world with the exception of parts of North America. WHO’s Guidelines have evolved over a period of 50 years from standards to guidelines, reflecting the fact that they have no legal force. The WHO emphasises that it ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Diseases That Biological Water Treatment Can Prevent

    Biological water treatment is essential because drinking contaminated water can cause illness. There are many types of contaminants, and the most common are human and animal feces, agricultural run-off, and chemicals. These contain pathogens, which cause water-borne diseases. These pathogens can quickly spread via different methods. Here are some of the most common diseases that can be ...

  • Updating national standards for drinking-water: a Philippine experience

    The latest version of the Philippine National Standards for Drinking-Water (PNSDW) was issued in 2007 by the Department of Health (DOH). Due to several issues and concerns, the DOH decided to make an update which is relevant and necessary to meet the needs of the stakeholders. As an output, the water quality parameters are now categorized into mandatory, primary, and secondary. The ten ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Monitoring Arsenic in Drinking Water

    A Cogent OVA5000 online Heavy Metal analyser is being used to ensure compliance with national and company standards for the concentration of arsenic in drinking ...

  • Drinking Water and Politics

    You might be interested in a recent journal paper of mine that focuses on the impact of politics on drinking water. The paper seeks to address a growing lack of historical knowledge in the water industry of how European Union (EU) water policy has developed and been responded to. It also aims to overcome the lack of comparative studies that explore the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Drinking Water Analysis Guide

    Public Water Systems (PWS), regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), provide drinking water to 90% of Americans. Water systems and laboratories testing drinking water for Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) compliance must be certified and must use USEPA approved methods, which are developed by the USEPA, other government agencies, universities, consensus method ...

  • Lead in the environment and in drinking water

    Everywhere you look metal lead is in the headlines. The majority of the recent press attention however, has not focused in lead in contaminated water, air, or soil but rather on high concentrations of lead found in toys and children?s jewelry that have been produced in developing countries where lax standards apply. Regardless of the particular source of lead contamination, the fact is lead can ...

  • Biocorrosion in drinking water pipes

    Copper is widely used in drinking water distribution systems due to its relatively low cost and favorable mechanical properties. However, copper corrosion may generate copper concentrations exceeding the thresholds prescribed by international drinking water standards. In-situ measurements performed in an actual system found that the copper mass released under flowing water conditions (pipe ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Glyphosate and AMPA in drinking water

    Carcinogenic or not? The broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate is used all over the world in agriculture. Alongside farming, the chemical is also used for weed-killing in domestic gardens and in public and private spaces kept free from «vegetal invasion», such as railway tracks. Glyphosate has been used since the 1970s in pesticides and was hitherto thought to be harmless at ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Drinking Water Quality

    Drinking water or potable water is water of sufficiently high quality that it can be consumed or used without risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry is all of drinking water standard, even though only a very small ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Future of Drinking Water

    Predicted future growth in population numbers and rising sea levels mean demand for drinking water will continue to increase just as the natural availability of freshwater decreases. It is likely that brackish groundwater will be an important source of drinking water in the future, but the current methods used to produce fresh water from this source are expensive in terms of their energy use and ...


    By Boode Waterwell Systems

  • Turbidity - A Meaningful Parameter For Drinking Water

    This article was featured in International Labmate - July 2008 Turbidity measurement represents a method appearing quite simple with a very complex background. Its complexity is shown by the fact that possibilities for objective and reproducible measurements were developed just about in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Turbidity is caused by dispersion of undissolved particles ...


    By WTW - a xylem brand

  • Organisational arrangements and drinking water quality

    This paper discusses the findings of a research project which explored the impact of varying organisational arrangements on drinking water quality in England and Wales, and the Republic of Ireland. It is established that drinking water quality has been of a consistently higher standard in England and Wales in comparison with the Republic of Ireland. It is also demonstrated that the associated ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Homeland Security for Drinking Water Supplies

    As it has done with other jurisdictions, Congress has recently passed legislation aimed at protecting our nation's drinking water resources. Historically, water supply protection has been a high priority, including reservoir protection, continuous monitoring, and secure and redundant facilities to ensure an uninterrupted supply of drinking water. The Clean Water Act (1972), requires pollution ...


    By AECOM

  • The comparative study of trihalomethanes in drinking water

    Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess exposure of four trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform) in drinking waters of Okinawa Island and Samoa. Trihalomethanes compounds were determined in the drinking water samples that were collected from the selected consumption sites and treatment plants of both Okinawa and Samoa in 2003-2004. The ...

  • How to Deal with Arsenic in Drinking Water

    Thanks to recent developments in technology, daily drinking water undergoes a rigorous treatment process for water to be consumable. This is because most ground and natural river waters have a chemical in them called arsenic. Arsenic is a metallic chemical element that is found commonly among rocks and sulfur in the Earth’s crust. Arsenic is known for getting into your drinking water from ...

  • Problems with meeting new (10 μg/L) standard for lead in drinking water: Polish perspectives

    In the current (2011) edition of ‘Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality’, the World Health Organization sets the guideline value for the concentration of lead in drinking water at 10 μg/L. This value, however, is a provisional one on the basis of treatment performance and analytical achievability. It is extremely difficult to achieve lower concentrations by central ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Fifteen years of experience with standardized reference radiometers for controlling low-pressure UV disinfection plants for drinking water

    The only practicable way to control the disinfection capability of a UV disinfection plant for drinking water all the time is to use a UV radiometer. According to the Austrian Standard M5873, this plant radiometer is a standardized part of each plant. The standard defines a so-called reference radiometer (RRM) as well. This is necessary because a plant radiometer has to be controlled ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effect of agro-activities on drinking-water quality in Bangladesh

    Fifty-nine samples of drinking water were collected from various locations in Bangladesh to assess the impact of agricultural practices on groundwater quality. The basic groundwater quality parameters, such as pH, total dissolved solids, iron, sodium, chloride, sulfate, fluoride and arsenic were analysed. In addition, the presence of excess fertilizers was monitored by measuring levels of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • GC-MS/MS Analysis of Pesticides in Drinking Water

    According to Japan’s list of drinking water quality control substances, pesticides are included as supplemental items subject to analysis. Designed to complement the standards, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare encourages water utilities to monitor pesticide levels and achieve specified targets. Among the 102 listed pesticides, 84 are simultaneously analyzed using solid-phase ...

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