Securing Safe Water Supplies

Comparison of Applicable Technologies


  • Erik Voigt, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany
  • Henry Jaeger, Nestle PTC Singen, Germany
  • Dietrich Knorr, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany

Available water disinfection systems rely mainly on large-scale filtration and the combination of filtration (to remove solids), and subsequent application of chemical disinfectants. This has proven to produce water of acceptable quality. Important points for application in household systems are low complexity, few training requirements, and easy transportation and distribution as well as a sufficiently high acceptance by the user.

Written and endorsed by the European Federation of Food Science and Technology this book compares a variety of purification systems. There is a growing evidence base on targeting water quality improvements to maximize health benefits, and it is believed that 4% of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Better tools and procedures to improve and protect drinking-water quality at the community and urban level, for example, through Water Safety Plans include the availability of simple and inexpensive approaches to treat and safely store water at the household-level.

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Scientists improving the quality of water for consumption including those in food environmental, engineering, chemical and public health sciences.


Book information

  • Published: September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-405886-6

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The exigency of water decontamination in disaster areas and areas with a deficiency in clean drinking water

3. Basic principles of water decontamination in disaster areas

4. Key facts about implementing home water treatment (HWT)

5. Established basic methods for water decontamination

6. Comparison of systems available on the market

7. Conditions and requirements for a successful PEF system implementation and resulting advantages of this method in comparison to established methods

8. Conclusions