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.
Viruses. John. Heritage. 1 INTRODUCTION The bacteriological examination of
water is routinely used to detect the presence of faecal indicators such as
Escherichia coli, Clostridium perfringens and enterococci, particularly detection
2.1 Representative virus particles. Human viruses (a–e) are relatively simple
when compared with the T-even bacteriophage that infects Escherichia coli (f).
Many virus types are icosahedral (a). Icosahedral viruses include enteroviruses
Animal viruses cause a spectrum of diseases. These range from sub-clinical,
where the host is unaware of the infection, through to fatal conditions. 3 VIRUS
INFECTIONS THAT SPREAD VIA THE FAECAL–ORAL ROUTE Viruses that
Hepatitis E virus, another RNA virus, is a very rare cause of hepatitis. Like
hepatitis A, infection with hepatitis E is associated with exposure to contaminated
water and it is most common in the Far East. It, too, causes a relatively mild self-
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Part 2 Water and Excreta Related Diseases
Part 3 Microbiology of Wastewater Treatment
Part 4 Drinking Water Microbiology