Global potable water: Current status, critical problems, and future perspectives

Caitlin A. Grady, Shih Chi Weng, Ernest R. Blatchley

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Abstract

Providing access to potable water and sanitation has become a human right through various designations in international treaties and declarations. Many countries and international organizations have established water quality guidelines for potable water supplies, thereby defining standards for treatment processes to meet. Unfortunately, potable water for all is a goal that has not yet been fully realized. Water-related diseases remain the number one cause of death for children under five worldwide; these problems are particularly evident in rural areas of developing countries. In addition, emerging contaminants and disinfection by-products have been linked to chronic health problems for people in the developed and developing world. This chapter provides an overview of critical problems relating to the provisioning of global potable water. First, current health impacts of water-related illnesses as well as natural and human influences that will alter our current water supply in the coming decades are reviewed. The technical limitations to water treatment in both developed and emerging economies are then discussed. Additionally, a brief look at the social and political factors influencing potable water access such as government capacity, competing interests, and the influence of food choices on water availability will be discussed. Finally, some current innovative approaches and suggested strategies for water management in the future are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Environmental Chemistry
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages37-59
Number of pages23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameHandbook of Environmental Chemistry
Volume30
ISSN (Print)1867-979X

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Critical currents
Potable water
Drinking Water
drinking water
Water supply
Water
water supply
developing world
Sanitation
cause of death
International cooperation
Disinfection
international organization
Water management
health impact
human rights
Medical problems
sanitation
Water treatment
Developing countries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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Grady, C. A., Weng, S. C., & Blatchley, E. R. (2014). Global potable water: Current status, critical problems, and future perspectives. In Handbook of Environmental Chemistry (pp. 37-59). (Handbook of Environmental Chemistry; Vol. 30). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06563-2_2
Grady, Caitlin A. ; Weng, Shih Chi ; Blatchley, Ernest R. / Global potable water : Current status, critical problems, and future perspectives. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Springer Verlag, 2014. pp. 37-59 (Handbook of Environmental Chemistry).
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