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Safe Drinking Water: Lessons from Recent Outbreaks in Affluent Nations

Steve E. Hrudey
Steve E. Hrudey
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Elizabeth J. Hrudey
Elizabeth J. Hrudey
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February 2006

Drinking water provides an efficient source for the spread of gastrointestinal microbial pathogens capable of causing serious human disease. The massive death toll and burden of disease worldwide caused by unsafe drinking water is a compelling reason to value the privilege of having safe drinking water delivered to individual homes. On rare occasions, that privilege has been undermined in affluent nations by waterborne disease outbreaks traced to the water supply.

Using the rich and detailed perspectives offered by the evidence and reports from the Canadian public inquiries into the Walkerton (2000) and North Battleford (2001) outbreaks to develop templates for understanding their key dimensions, over 60 waterborne outbreaks from 15 affluent countries over the past 30 years are explored as individual case studies. Recurring themes and patterns are revealed and the critical human dimensions are highlighted suggesting insights for more effective and more individualized preventive strategies, personnel training, management, and regulatory control.

Safe Drinking Water aims to raise understanding and awareness of those factors that have most commonly contributed to or caused drinking-water-transmitted disease outbreaks - essentially a case-history analysis within the multi-barrier framework. It contains detailed analysis of the failures underlying drinking-water-transmitted disease epidemics that have been documented in the open literature, by public inquiry, in investigation reports, in surveillance databases and other reliable information sources.

The book adopts a theme of ‘converting hindsight into foresight’, to inform drinking-water and health professionals including operators, managers, engineers, chemists and microbiologists, regulators, as well as undergraduates and graduates at specialty level.

This title belongs to WHO Water Series

ISBN: 9781843390428 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780402376 (eBook)

Safe Drinking Water: Lessons from Recent Outbreaks in Affluent Nations
By: Steve E. Hrudey, Elizabeth J. Hrudey
ISBN (electronic): 9781780402376
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2006

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