Water supply and health
Hunter, Paul R.; MacDonald, Alan M.; Carter, Richard C.. 2010 Water supply and health. PloS medicine, 7 (11). 9, pp. 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000361Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
A safe, reliable, affordable, and easily accessible water supply is essential for good health. Yet, for several decades, about a billion people in developing countries have not had a safe and sustainable water supply. It has been estimated that a minimum of 7.5 litres of water per person per day is required in the home for drinking, preparing food, and personal hygiene, the most basic requirements for water; at least 50 litres per person per day is needed to ensure all personal hygiene, food hygiene, domestic cleaning, and laundry needs . This domestic water consumption is dwarfed by the demands of agriculture and ecosystems, even in wealthy countries where per capita domestic water consumption greatly exceeds these figures . To cover all these requirements and to avoid water stress, experts generally agree that about 1,000 cubic metres of freshwater per capita per year is needed.
|Item Type:||Publication - Article|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1371/journal.pmed.1000361|
|Programmes:||BGS Programmes 2010 > Groundwater Science|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Earth Sciences|
|Date made live:||17 Nov 2010 12:11|
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