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Environmental Science: How water quality standards are determined.

How are water quality standards determined? and

Distinguish between water quality criteria pollutants and maximum contaminant levels.

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How are water quality standards determined?

Water Quality standards vary between jurisdictions. Drinking water authorities, such as the world health organization (WHO) develop benchmarks for water quality to ensure that not only water is drinkable, but that it is not affecting ecosystems. Drinking water Guidelines allow water to be tested at various points along its flow path and analyzed, usually through chemical analysis, whether it is safe to consume.
Some contaminants, such as E.coli bacteria, have very clear guidelines that should never be exceeded as it can make people fall ill upon consumption of contaminated water. However, sometimes there is not enough ...

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This solution discusses how water quality standards are determined. It distinguishes between water quality criteria pollutant and maximum contaminant levels. The explanation is given in 377 words.