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Evolution of Water Disinfection Practices
Proceedings of the 2022 Mississippi Water Resources Conference
Year: 2022 Authors: Hutcherson D.
In 1900, diarrhea and enteritis, was a significant cause of death in the US. It was through drinking water disinfection and treatment that we have been able to almost eradicate these diseases—one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
We look back in history at how water has been treated (or not) to make it safe. We will look at factors affecting water sanitation; from source to tap.
- What is the best source of water?
- Can the source be protected from contamination?
- Is treatment feasible for the contaminants present?
- Is reintroduction of contaminants possible?