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TitleIs your water safe to drink? Community water monitoring guide
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
AuthorsFatiaki, M
Pagination27 p.; ill.; photographs; fig.; tab.
Date Published2007-01-01 ?
PublisherLive and Learn Environmental Education
Place PublishedSuva, Fiji
Keywordsaccess to water, drinking water, water, water analysis, water pollution, water quality, water quantity, water samples, water supply, water use

Unfortunately, pollution in water is sometimes difficult to detect. You cannot assume that water is safe just because it is clear. Water that is odourless and clear is not necessarily free from contaminants or pollutants. If drinking water is untreated or improperly treated it may contain micro-organisms (bacteria) that can cause the spread of water-related diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera. There are many types of microorganisms on earth. Some are helpful to humans, but others can cause people to become sick. These organisms are so small that we cannot see them, unless we use a microscope. Water monitoring can alert a community to contaminants in time to prevent health problems! Community water monitoring can help increase awareness and promote community actions for “healthy water and healthy people”. Community water monitoring encourages us to look at the role we play in making sure that our drinking water is safe to drink and how we can manage our water resources better.

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