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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

The supply of safe drinking-water through the destruction of microbial pathogens (bacteria, viruses and protozoa) involving reactive chemical agents. It is used for surface waters and for ground water subject to faecal contamination (WHO 2006).The procedure whereby health measures are taken to control or kill the insect vectors of human diseases present in baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods and postal parcels (WHO 2005).The process of destroying or inactivating pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa) by either chemical of physical means (Symons et al. 2000).

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Interpretations and Explanations


WHO (2006) Guidelines for drinking-water quality, 3rd edWHO (2005) International Health RegulationsSymons, J.M., Bradley, L.C. Jr. and Cleveland, T.C. (2000) The Drinking Water Dictionary

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WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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