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Water and public health 

Water and public health
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Water and public health
Author(s):

Gary Lau

, Stephen Robjohns

, Frances Pollitt

, Meera Cush

, and Britta Gadeberg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199682881.003.0005
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date: 13 April 2021

This chapter outlines the regulatory framework for water supplies in the UK and explains the roles and responsibilities of principal regulators and the main European and UK water quality legislative frameworks. At the end of this chapter and any recommended reading, the reader should be able to understand the importance of wholesome water to public health, identify different types of water supplies, common chemical contaminants, and their associated public health implications, and understand the basic principles of water and waste water treatments in delivering potable water supplies and discharges to surface water and groundwater. They should understand how health-based standards and guidelines are derived and their application to public health, and be able to demonstrate an approach to investigating and risk assessing water-related chemical incidents through practical case studies and scenarios.

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