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TitleGuidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater. Volume II. Wastewater use in agriculture
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsWHO -Geneva, CH, World Health Organization
Edition3rd ed.
Paginationxxiii, 196 p.: fig., tab.
Date Published2006-01-01
PublisherWorld Health Organization (WHO)
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
ISBN Number9241546832
Keywordsagriculture, cultural aspects, economic aspects, environmental protection, financing, guidelines, health aspects, health hazards, implementation, monitoring, planning, policies, sdisan, social aspects, wastewater recycling

This volume of the WHO guidelines describes the present state of knowledge regarding the impacts of wastewater use in agriculture on the health of product consumers, workers and their families and local communities. Health hazards are identified for each vulnerable group, and appropriate health protection measures to mitigate the risks are discussed.

The guidelines are to be used as the basis for the development of international and national approaches (including standards and regulations) to managing the health risks from hazards associated with wastewater use in agriculture, as well as providing a framework for national and local decision-making. The information provided is applicable to intentional use of wastewater in agriculture and is also relevant where faecally contaminated water is used for irrigation unintentionally. The Guidelines provide an integrated preventive management framework for safety applied from the point of wastewater generation to the consumption of products grown with wastewater and excreta. They describe reasonable minimum requirements of good practice to protect the health of the people using wastewater or excreta or consuming products grown with wastewater or excreta and provide information that is then used to derive health-based targets. Neither the minimum good practices nor the health-based targets are mandatory limits. The preferred approaches adopted by national or local authorities towards implementation of the Guidelines, including health-based targets may vary depending on local social, cultural, environmental and economic conditions, as well as knowledge of routes of exposure, the nature and severity of hazards, and the effectiveness of health protection measures available.

NotesIncludes references and glossary of terms
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