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Water and sanitation in developing countries; geochemical aspects of quality and treatment

Richard B. Johnston, Michael Berg, C. Annette Johnson, Elizabeth Tilley and Janet G. Hering
Water and sanitation in developing countries; geochemical aspects of quality and treatment
Elements (June 2011) 7 (3): 163-168

Abstract

Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are key elements of the Millennium Development Goals, a United Nations initiative. The microbial quality of drinking water is inherently linked to sanitation practices because fecal pathogens are the most common source of drinking water contamination in developing countries. Filtration of water through soil and aquifer sediments can provide natural protection against pathogens, and this makes groundwater an attractive option for safe drinking water supply. Groundwater quality may, however, be compromised by the leaching of natural chemical constituents from geologic materials. Conversely, geochemical processes provide the basis both for the removal of such contaminants and for the recovery of nutrients from wastewater through physicochemical treatment.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Water and sanitation in developing countries; geochemical aspects of quality and treatment
Affiliation: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dubendorf, Switzerland
Pages: 163-168
Published: 201106
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 42
Accession Number: 2011-055041
Categories: HydrogeologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch maps
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S06°00'00" - N05°45'00", E95°04'60" - E106°10'00"
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201131
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