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Disinfection Byproducts

Volume 5 Number 6 November/December 2006

Chemical disinfection of drinking water is arguably one of the greatest advances in human health. However, nothing is perfect. The byproducts that form when disinfectants combine with otherwise harmless compounds in water warrant our attention. Although the carcinogenic nature of some disinfection byproducts (DBPs) was first shown in the 1970s, only a few of the hundreds that have been identified are regulated. What are DBPs? How and where do they form, and how do utilities manage them? How do recent stricter compliance standards affect utilities? What is known about other DBPs besides the few that are federally regulated? And what is the fate of DBPs in the subsurface when treated water is used as recharge water to replenish aquifers? This issue’s feature articles help answer such questions.

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