For centuries it has appeared that the cause of common diseases went unknown, intending that epidemics could distribute quickly. Most late, the find that microorganisms are the premier cause of common infective diseases has helped to eliminate many of theses diseases. From a medical point of position, the development of antibiotics on a planetary graduated table in the mid-twentieth century helped to command many infective bacteriums. A 2nd attack to commanding diseases has been the increased inventiveness of public wellness systems, which act by seting the environment to forestall the spread of pathogens. One of the major transit tunnels for pathogens is H2O, so H2O intervention is at the bosom of the environmental technology attack to disease control.
Although improved wellness and sanitation systems have been developed to accommodate with most of the obvious pathogens, the increased populations will merely excite the development of different pathogens, better suited to the new environment. All organisms compete with other for foods, home grounds etc. , so when one infective microorganism is eradicated, another can come to the bow. As such, environmental applied scientists must invariably accommodate their attacks to confront the new challenges.
In developing states, where sanitation is hapless or non-existent, water-related diseases flourish, accounting for 1000000s of lives a twelvemonth. The United Nations set out in its Millennium Development Goals the mark to ‘Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without entree to safe imbibing H2O and basic sanitation ‘ ( UN, 2000 ) . By implementing sustainable H2O intervention systems in developing states, it is hoped that this mark can be met and later improved up.
2.1.1 Categorization of Water-Related Illnesss
Many life scientists classify water-related diseases by tie ining them with viruses, Protozoa, bacteriums, Fungis, parasitic worms, et, an environmental categorization system was developed based on the method of transmittal of diseases. This system was created by David Bradley ( Lonholdt, 2005 ) and the four classs are:
Water-related insect vector
The infections themselves are grouped in a somewhat different mode, in the undermentioned classs: Faecal-oral, water-washed, water-based and water-related insect-vector. All water-borne diseases and most water-washed diseases can be transmitted by the faecal-oral path, which involves fecal affair being transferred to the oral cavity.
220.127.116.11 Waterborne pathogens
Waterborne diseases are caused by taint of H2O from homo or animate being waste and contracted by the consumption of this H2O ( Hassan et al. , 2005 ) . It is of import to retrieve that all infections transmitted by the H2O supplies may besides be straight transmitted from fecal matters to month, or via contaminated nutrient ( Bradley, 1980, McGranahan, 2001 ) . The most effectual preventive steps against water-borne pathogens are the execution of equal H2O intervention systems and supply webs which do non let recontamination. By far the most common waterborne disease is diarrhoea, which can be caused by many different bacteriums.
Water-washed diseases are diseases whose transmittal is reduced by the usage of greater measures of H2O, about regardless of the quality of the H2O. These diseases include diarrheal diseases, which are faecal-oral, and oculus and skin infections, which are non ( Howsam & A ; Carter, 1996 ) . The F-diagram in figure 2.6 illustrates the assorted steps that can be employed to command the spread of waterborne and water-washed diseases transmitted via the faecal-oral path. As can be seen, the primary barrier to spread of disease is the execution of equal sanitation.
Fig. 2.6 F-Diagram
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Water-based diseases require an intermediate aquatic host to transport the infective bacteriums or worms. The chief such disease is bilharzia, where the infective worm spends portion of its life rhythm in an aquatic snail host. Another water-based disease is Guinea worm, the lone infection entirely transmitted in imbibing H2O ( Caincross & A ; Feachem, 2000 ) .
18.104.22.168 Water-related insect vector
These are diseases such as malaria and dandy fever febrility, which are transmitted by insects, particularly mosquitoes, which have a larvae phase in H2O. The chief method for commanding these diseases is to guarantee sufficient drainage, hence forestalling dead pools of H2O, which provide a good place for these insects ( see Table 2.1 ) .
Improve quality of imbibing H2O
Prevent insouciant usage of unprotected beginnings
( or water-scarce )
Increase H2O quality used
Improve handiness and dependability of domestic H2O supply
Reduce demand for contact with septic water1
Control snail population1
Reduce taint of surface waters2
Improve surface H2O direction
Destroy engendering sites of insects
Reduce need to see edifice sites
Use mosquito cyberspaces
1Applies to schistosomiasis merely
2 The preventitive schemes appropriate to the water-based worms depend on the precise life-cycle of each ( see Appendix C ) and this merely the general prescription that can be given.
Table 2.1 Transmission methods and chief preventative schemes of water-related unwellnesss
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Fewtrell et Al. ( 2001 ) suggested adding a 5th class to the list, water- aggregation related diseases, covering the possible infection of H2O during the journey to and from the beginning. This cited an eruption of meningococcal disease in a refugee cantonment as an illustration of this.
Table 2.2 lists the chief diseases with each of the transmittal routes described above
Faecal-oral ( water-borne or water-washed )
Diarrhoeas and dysenteries
Shigellosis ( bacillary dysentery )
tegument and oculus infections
Infectious tegument diseases
Infectious oculus diseases
Louse-borne backsliding febrility
Water-related insect vector:
seize with teething near H2O
genteelness in H2O
B = Bacterium R = Rickettsia
H = Helminth S = Spirochaete
P = Protozoon V = Virus
M = Miscellaneous
Table 2.2 Common water-related diseases ( Beginning: Cairncross & A ; Feacham, 2000 )
2.2 Properties and Contaminants of Water
In the United Kingdom the huge bulk of waterborne diseases which occur are due to private H2O supplies. The most noteworthy pathogens that occur are Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
Fig. 2.1 Giardia
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The presence of Campylobacter originates from high Numberss found in fecal matters of septic hogs and domestic fowl with taint being comparatively low. This is where the application of disinfection is applied in the signifier of Cl, ozone, and UV to eliminate any Campylobacter beings come ining the H2O supply but foremost Waterss need to be cleaned decently to take any dissolved organic stuff and atoms particularly when UV disinfection is needed.
Fig. 2.2 Cryptosporidium
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The presence of Cryptosporidium originates from cowss, sheep and human sewerage. Assorted catchment direction control methods and appropriate disinfection usage are needed to forestall the being come ining private H2O supplies. Unfortunately private H2O supplies which are associated with surface Waterss and springs will be at hazard to taint from agricultural beginnings.
Fig. 2.3 Giardia
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The presence of Giardia originates from carnal fecal matters polluting a H2O beginning. If the right curdling, deposit and filtration procedures are used it should be able to bring forth a 3-log ( 99.9 % ) remotion of giardia cysts.
Fig. 2.4 E. Coli
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E. coli is used as an index being in many microbiological trials. It is a bacillar, Gram-negative bacteria, portion of the household Enterobacteriaceae. It is found of course in the bowels of warm-blooded animate beings and unlike other members of its household, does non normally occur of course in dirt, H2O or workss. E. coli seldom grows outside the intestine of worlds or animate beings and therefore its inability to turn in H2O agencies that the sensing of E. coli in H2O is an index of recent fecal taint.
2.3 Disinfection methods
Disinfection is the devastation of infective microorganisms in H2O. A good germicide is characterised by the undermentioned traits:
Effectiveness to kill infective microorganisms
Non-toxic to worlds or domestic animate beings
Non-toxic to aquatic species
Easy and safe to hive away, conveyance and dispense
Easy and dependable analysis in H2O
Provides residuary protection in imbibing H2O
( Droste, 1997 )
Disinfection can be achieved through the usage of
Chemical agents: These include Cl and its compounds, Br, I, ozone, phenol, dyes, soaps and acids
Physical agents: These involve the usage of heat, visible radiation and sound moving ridges, for illustration pasteurization and UV intervention
Mechanical agencies: Micro-organisms may be removed utilizing coarse and all right screens, grit Chamberss and deposit armored combat vehicles
Radiation: Gamma beams have besides been used for H2O disinfection, although there are no all-out installings in operation utilizing this engineering
( Metcalf and Eddy, 2003 )
The chief disinfection methods are compared in Table 2.3 and a choice of the more common methods is described in more item below.
Reasonably low cost
Reasonably low cost
Reasonably low cost
Reasonably high cost
Reasonably high cost
Interaction with immaterial stuff
Oxidizes organic affair
Oxidizes organic affair
Optical density of UV radiation
Non-corrosive and non-staining
Non-toxic to higher signifiers of life
Highly toxic to higher life signifiers
Unstable, must be generated as used
Unstable, must be generated as used
Toxicity to microorganisms
Toxicity at ambient temperatures
Table 2.3 Characteristics of the most widely used disinfection methods ( Beginning: Metcalf and Eddy, 2003
Chlorination is by far the most normally used method of disinfection. A figure of chlorine compounds can be added to H2O to accomplish disinfection, incluing Cl gas ( Cl2 ) , sodium hypochlorite ( NaOCl ) , chlorine dioxide and Ca hypochlorite [ Ca ( OCl ) 2 ] .
It is non without its jobs, nevertheless, as it is hard to accomplish the optimum dosage of Cl due to a complex series of reactions that take topographic point in the coevals of free Cl ( Andersen, 2005 ) . The ‘breakpoint ‘ concentration must be achieved, whereby adequate Cl is added to respond with all oxidisable substances in the H2O, such that any excess Cl added remains as free Cl.
Hypochlorous acid is the most effectual of the Cl compounds in the devastation of the pathogens. The hyochlorous acid reacts with unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds to organize add-on merchandises and block farther chemical reactions at this location. These unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds are indispensable to bacteria metamorphosis and so the add-on reaction stops bacterial growing. This reaction does non kill the bacterium and is reversible, so a 2nd measure to the procedure is required. The add-on of excess Cl leads to the formation of the chloride ions, which break the carbon-carbon bond by oxidization and lead to cell decease ( McKinney, 2004 ) .
Despite it being so widely used, there are some important disadvantages to the chlorination procedure. Besides, Cl is a extremely toxic substance in its natural signifier and is transported chiefly by route and rail. Some disinfection byproducts ( DBPs ) of the chlorination procedure, particularly the trihalomenthanes ( THMs ) , are known to be carcinogenic, while residuary Cl in treated H2O is toxic to aquatic life.
Ozone is an unstable gas formed when molecules of O dissociate into individual atoms. It can be produced by electrolysis, radiochemical reactions and photo chemical reactions ( Asano et al. , 2007 ) . Ozonation systems by and large involve go throughing air through a high electromotive force electrical discharge. The ozone is so pulled into the H2O to be treated via a vacuity created by a Venturi pharynx. Post intervention is required to take indissoluble mental oxides formed during the procedure. It is believed that disinfection by ozonation occurs via direct cell lysis ( Asano et al. , 2007 ) .
A major job associated with ozonation is that it is extremely energy-intensive. Harmonizing to McKinney ( 2004 ) , merely approximately 5 % of the entire energy used to bring forth ozone is really used in the procedure. If an equal energy supply is available, nevertheless, ozonation can be an effectual option to chlorination. As an highly reactive oxidizer, ozone is believed to kill bacteriums through direct onslaught on the cell wall. Ozone is besides by and large considered to be more effectual against viruses compared to chlorine ( Metcalf and Eddy, 2003 ) . Ozone must be generated on-site, as it breaks down to oxygen readily. As with chlorination, ozonation has harmful associated byproducts, particularly if bromide is besides present. Although THMs are non produced by ozonation, other byproducts such as assorted acids and aldehydes can be created.
2.3.3 UV Radiation
UV radiation has long been recognised as an effectual germicide, aiming the Deoxyribonucleic acid and RNA within mico-organisms. Light in the germicidal scope ( ~254mm ) is known to do next T bases on A DNA strand within a microorganism to organize a thymine dimmer ( figure 2.5 ) . This blocks protein synthesis and prevents proper reproduction and written text during the cell division rhythm ( Blake et al. , 1999, McDonnell, 2007 ) . Viruss tend to be more immune than bacteriums to UV radiation, although most viruses are treatable utilizing the method ( Field et al. , 2003 ) .
Figure 2.5 Formation of double-bonds in UV-treated micro-organisms ( Metcalf & A ; Eddy, 2003 )
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For UV radiation to be used efficaciously as a germicide, the H2O needs to be clear plenty to let the visible radiation to go through through. It should therefore follow some signifier of physical pre-treatment, taking the bulk of the turbidness in the H2O ( Field et al. , 2003 ) .
22.214.171.124 UV Lamps
In the disinfection of H2O utilizing UV, three chief types of lamp are used: low-pressure low strength, low-pressure high strength and medium-pressure high strength.
These lamps have a wide radiation spectrum, but peak dramatically at 254 nanometers, with about 85-88 % of the end product at 254 nanometer, doing such lamps efficient germicides ( Asano et al. , 2007 ) . The low operating temperature, in the part of 40A°C, means that these lamps have a longer lifetime to higher strength designs.
These lamps are similar to low-pressure low-intensity lamps, but the usage of a mercury-indium amalgam as opposed to mercury gives them a far greater end product.
These lamps operate at temperatures of 600 – 800A°C, and bring forth approximately 50 to 100 times the UV-C end product of low-pressure lamps ( Asano et al. , 2007 ) . These are the most effectual lamps, but are more expensive and necessitate more safety steps than the old two types discussed.
Figure 2.6 Aquada UV Filter System
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126.96.36.199 UV System constellations
UV disinfection can take topographic point in both unfastened and closed channel systems. Low-pressure lamps tend to be employed in unfastened channel flow governments, while medium-pressure lamps are more normally employed in closed channel flow.
2.4 Private Water Supplies
What is a Private Water Supply?
A private H2O supply can be defined as a H2O supply which is non provided by a H2O company and where the duty for its care and fix lies with the proprietor or individual who uses it. It usually serves a individual home which can supply less than 1 mA?/day or even serve many belongingss such as commercial and industrial premises which provide 1000 mA?/day or even more. These beginnings can dwell of either a borehole, good, spring, lake, watercourse or river.
The demands for supervising private H2O supplies are governed by the Drinking Water Directive statute law which varies consequently due to the extent of the supply. Besides private H2O supplies need to be classified by the size of the supply taking into consideration to which the supply serves:
a individual home for domestic use ;
for domestic use for individuals usually shacking on the premises ; or
for providing premises used for commercial nutrient production or with changing populations
Figure 2.7 Spring beginning
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