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Chlorination: a contribution to reducing diarrhoeal diseases [Quality assurance: Patrick Moriarty, Jo Smet & Sandy Cairncross]

Author(s): Skinner, Brian  |  Moriarty, Patrick  |  Smet, Jo  |  Cairncross, Sandy

Publisher: WEDC
Place of publication: Loughborough University, UK
Year: 2005

Series: WELL Fact Sheet
Collection(s): WELL


Chlorination is the most widely used method of disinfection of water supplies in developed and developing countries. The main focus of this factsheet is the use of chlorination with small-scale water supplies in developing countries. Some suitable books and web addresses are listed on the last page, for readers seeking more comprehensive information on the topic.

Amongst other things the factsheet mentions the following issues that are considered to be of current relevance:

  • Health risks from disinfection using chlorine
  • Chlorine-resistant micro-organisms
  • Local production of sodium hypochlorite solutions from electrolysis of salt
  • Ensuring that disinfection is effective
  • Using chlorine products for household-level treatment

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