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TitleGuidelines for drinking-water quality
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWHO -Geneva, CH, World Health Organization
Edition4th ed.
Paginationxxiii, 541 p.: fig., tab.
Date Published2011-01-01
PublisherWorld Health Organization (WHO)
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
ISSN Number9789241548151
Keywordschemical quality, corrosion control, drinking water, microbiological quality, quality guidelines, radiological quality, recommendations, water quality monitoring, water treatment

This 4th edition of the Guidelines further develops concepts, approaches and information introduced in previous editions, including the comprehensive preventive risk management approach for ensuring drinking-water quality that was introduced in the third edition. It considers:
drinking-water safety, including
 • minimum procedures and specific guideline values and how these are intended to be used;
• approaches used in deriving the Guidelines, including guideline values;
• microbial hazards, which continue to be the primary concern in both developing and developed countries;
• climate change;
• chemical contaminants in drinking-water, including information on chemicals
not considered previously;
• those key chemicals responsible for large-scale health effects through drinking water
• the important roles of many different stakeholders in ensuring drinking-water
• guidance in situations other than traditional community supplies or managed
utilities, such as rainwater harvesting and other non-piped supplies or dual piped

NotesBibliography: p. 449-467, p. 506-508. - Includes index
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Original PublicationGuidelines for drinking-water quality. Vol. 3. Surveillance and control of community supplies, Guidelines for drinking-water quality. Vol. 2. Health criteria and other supporting information


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