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TitleEnvironmental health engineering in the tropics : an introductory text
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsCairncross, S, Feachem, RG
Edition2nd ed.
Paginationxi, 306 p.: fig., tab.
Date Published1993-01-01
Place PublishedChichester, UK
ISBN Number0471938858
Keywordscab93/3, checklists, composting, drainage, excreta disposal systems, ghb, hyedwat, pot chlorination, rural areas, sanitary engineering, sustwat, tp29, urban areas, vector control, wastewater treatment, water quality, water reuse, water supply, water-related diseases

This book describes infectious diseases in tropical and developing countries and the measures that can be used effectively against them. The environmental interventions that receive most attention are safe water supply and improved excreta disposal. This second edition incorporates the lessons learned from the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981-1990) relating to policy and strategy issues such as cost recovery, the role of the private sector and sanitation marketing. There are two chapters on appropriate technologies for rural and urban water supply and treatment. More attention is given to excreta disposal systems such as latrines, septic tanks and small-bore sewers. The section on wastewater treatment is restricted to waste stabilization ponds, aerated lagoons, and oxidation ditches. The 2nd edition has a new chapter on surface water drainage. An overview of refuse collection and disposal methods is followed by updated chapters on composting and the health aspects of waste re-use. The final part of the book is on engineering methods for the control of vector-borne diseases such as onchocerciasis (river blindness), malaria, and especially schistosomiasis (bilharzia). The appendixes contain a glossary and a checklist of water-related and excreta-related diseases.

NotesIncludes references, glossary and index.
Custom 1201, 301
Original PublicationBacteriological testing of water


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