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Am J Public Health. 2009 Nov;99(11):1975-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.160077. Epub 2009 Sep 17.

Viability of commercially available bleach for water treatment in developing countries.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.


Treating household water with low-cost, widely available commercial bleach is recommended by some organizations to improve water quality and reduce disease in developing countries. I analyzed the chlorine concentration of 32 bleaches from 12 developing countries; the average error between advertised and measured concentration was 35% (range = -45%-100%; standard deviation = 40%). Because of disparities between advertised and actual concentration, the use of commercial bleach for water treatment in developing countries is not recommended without ongoing quality control testing.

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