Metals and Related Substances in Drinking Water

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The contamination of drinking water by metals and metalloids can occur throughout the “source to tap” production and delivery system. The major problems are with arsenic, iron, nickel and lead. Problems can also occur with aluminium, copper, manganese, selenium and sodium. Arsenic, iron and lead are core parameters in the UN/WHO Protocol on Water and Health.

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