Pathogens in household waters pose a serious threat to human health. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recorded many drinking water microbial-associated disease outbreaks in the U.S., causing illness, hospitalization, and even death. The two most commonly identified reasons for these outbreaks are the bacterium Legionella spreading from within building plumbing systems (66% of cases) and untreated groundwater (13% of cases). To protect human health, disinfection is considered important in most water treatment systems. This publication provides necessary information on the various disinfection options for household water as well as important points to consider before buying disinfection equipment.

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Published on Apr 11, 2018

Uttam K. Saha Program Coordinator, Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab (AESL) Keith D. Mickler ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator, Northwest District Gary L. Hawkins Assistant Professor, Crop & Soil Sciences Leticia S Sonon Ph.D Director, Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab (AESL) Pamela Turner Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist, Family & Consumer Sciences
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