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Wastewater irrigation and health: assessing and mitigating risk in low-income countries

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  • Anonymous
  • Scott, Christopher A.
  • Raschid-Sally, Liqa
  • Redwood, Mark
  • Bahri, Akissa
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    In most developing countries wastewater treatment systems have very low coverage or function poorly, resulting in large-scale water pollution and the use of poor-quality water for crop irrigation, especially in the vicinity of urban centres. This can pose significant risks to public health, particularly where crops are eaten raw. Wastewater Irrigation and Health approaches this serious problem from a practical and realistic perspective, addressing the issues of health risk assessment and reduction in developing country settings. The book therefore complements other books on the topic of wastewater which focus on high-end treatment options and the use of treated wastewater. This book moves the debate forward by covering also the common reality of untreated wastewater, greywater and excreta use. It presents the state-of-the-art on quantitative risk assessment and low-cost options for health risk reduction, from treatment to on-farm and off-farm measures, in support of the multiple barrier approach of the 2006 guidelines for safe wastewater irrigation published by the World Health Organization. The 38 authors and co-authors are international key experts in the field of wastewater irrigation representing a mix of agronomists, engineers, social scientists and public health experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. The chapters highlight experiences across the developing world with reference to various case studies from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East. The book also addresses options for resource recovery and wastewater governance, thus clearly establishes a connection between agriculture, health and sanitation, which is often the missing link in the current discussion on حaking wastewater an assetٮ

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    This book is provided by International Water Management Institute in its series IWMI Books with number 137591 and published in 2010.

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    Keywords: Wastewater irrigation; Public health; Health hazards; Risk assessment; Epidemiology; Sewage sludge; Excreta; Diseases; Vegetables; Leaf vegetables; Economic impact; Wastewater treatment; Irrigation methods; Developing countries; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy; Public Economics; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy; Risk and Uncertainty;

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    1. Abedullah & Ali, Haseeb & Kouser, Shahzad, 2012. "Pesticide or Wastewater, Which One is Bigger Culprit for Acute Health Symptoms among Vegetable Growers in Pakistan’s Punjab," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126598, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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