Disinfection Byproducts

AWWA Resources on Disinfection Byproducts


Disinfection is a required step in drinking water treatment that is enforced to protect public health. However, when selecting the appropriate disinfectant for a specific system, it is important to note that disinfectants react with organics and inorganics in source water to form disinfection byproducts, or DBPs. The challenge that must be addressed in the water treatment process is providing adequate protection from microbial pathogens through disinfection, while simultaneously minimizing the health risks associated with DBP formation.

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