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Drinking Water Quality


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Preface; Glossary; Part I. Introduction to Water Supply: 1. The water business; 2. Drinking water standards and risk; 3. A quick guide to the problems; Part II. Problems with the Resource: 4. Sources of water; 5. Nitrate and nitrite; 6. Pesticides and organic micro-pollutants; 7. Endocrine disrupting compounds and PPCPs; 8. Odour and taste; 9. Metals; 10. Hardness and total dissolved solids; 11. Algae and algal toxins; 12. Radon and radioactivity; 13. Pathogens; Part III. Problems Arising from Water Treatment: 14. Water treatment; 15. Aluminium and acrylamide; 16. Odour and taste; 17. Fluoridation; 18. Disinfection by-products; 19. Monitoring and removal of pathogens; Part IV. Problems Arising in the Distribution System: 20. The distribution network; 21. Aesthetic quality; 22. Asbestos; 23. Coal tar linings and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; 24. Animals on tap; 25. Pathogens in the distribution system; Part V. Problems in Household Plumbing: 26. Household plumbing systems; 27. Corrosion and metal contamination from pipework and fittings; 28. Micro-organisms, fibres and taste; Part VI. The Water We Drink: 29. Alternatives to tap water; 30. Water security in the twenty-first century; 31. Final analysis; Appendices; Index.

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Textbook covering problems with supply of drinking water, ideal for environmental sciences students and professionals.

About the Author

Nick Gray is a Professor at the Centre for the Environment at Trinity College, Dublin. He was worked in the area of water technology for 30 years, and is internationally known as a lecturer and author in water quality and pollution control. His research specializes in the operational problems associated with supplying drinking water and treating wastewaters.

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