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East Mediterr Health J. 2005 Sep-Nov;11(5-6):1087-98.

Management of source and drinking-water quality in Pakistan.

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Faculty of Civil Engineering, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. jaaziz@hotmail.com

Abstract

Drinking-water quality in both urban and rural areas of Pakistan is not being managed properly. Results of various investigations provide evidence that most of the drinking-water supplies are faecally contaminated. At places groundwater quality is deteriorating due to the naturally occurring subsoil contaminants or to anthropogenic activities. The poor bacteriological quality of drinking-water has frequently resulted in high incidence of waterborne diseases while subsoil contaminants have caused other ailments to consumers. This paper presents a detailed review of drinking-water quality in the country and the consequent health impacts. It identifies various factors contributing to poor water quality and proposes key actions required to ensure safe drinking-water supplies to consumers.

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16761680
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