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Water Treatment For Dummies

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Chapter 2 Benefits of Good Water Quality In This Chapter ▶ Keeping healthy ▶ Maintaining appliances ▶ Listening to the EPA ▶ Ensuring that your water is clean U nderstanding the effects of poor water quality can help you appreciate the benefits of good water quality. Water and Health Are Linked According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as the CDC), the top causes of disease outbreaks related to drinking water are Giardia intestinalis, hepatitis A, norovirus, and Shigella. Bad as that sounds, it's far from a complete list. There are also health risks related to water contaminated with organic and inorganic matter, other bacteria and viruses, and other pollutants. Some studies link high levels of lead in drinking water to delays in physical and mental development, short atten- tion spans, and learning difficulties in children. There's also evidence that arsenic in drinking water can lead to These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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