Health-based target


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Health-based targets established by national authorities that will protect and improve drinking-water quality, human health and support the best use of available resources (WHO 2004). 

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

A defined level of health protection for a given exposure. This can be based on a measure of disease, e.g. 10-6 DALY per person per year, or the absence of a specific disease related to that exposure (WHO 2006).


WHO (2004)  Guidelines for drinking-water quality, 3rd ed. WHO (2006) Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater


WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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