Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology
"Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right" --Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General
Edited by two world-renowned scientists in the field, The Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology provides a definitive and comprehensive coverage of water and wastewater microbiology. With contributions from experts from around the world, this book gives a global perspective on the important issues faced in the provision of safe drinking water, the problems of dealing with aquatic pollution and the processes involved in wastewater management.
Starting with an introductory chapter of basic microbiological principles, The Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology develops these principles further, ensuring that this is the essential text for process engineers with little microbiological experience and specialist microbiologists alike.
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We now know (and have known for just over 100 years) that water quality is
governed by (but, of course, not only by) microorganisms – the viruses, bacteria
and parasites that can infect us and may (and very often do) make us ill.
Such bacteria that use inorganic energy sources and carbon dioxide, or
sometimes organic compounds, as carbon sources can be called mixotrophic,
because they combine autotrophic and heterotrophic processes. Chemotrophs
Humans may harness viruses in the examination of water. Every major group of
organisms is susceptible to infection by viruses. This includes bacteria and the
viruses that can infect bacteria are known as bacteriophage. These viruses have
2 THE STOMACH The stomach receives bacteria from the mouth and the
external environment. In the context of the faeco-oral transmission of disease it
functions as a barrier to infection. The bactericidal action of gastric juice results
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Part 2 Water and Excreta Related Diseases
Part 3 Microbiology of Wastewater Treatment
Part 4 Drinking Water Microbiology