Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Michael H. Gerardi and
  2. Mel C. Zimmerman

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471710431.ch1

Wastewater Pathogens

Wastewater Pathogens

How to Cite

Gerardi, M. H. and Zimmerman, M. C. (2004) Introduction, in Wastewater Pathogens, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471710431.ch1

Author Information

  1. The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2004

Book Series:

  1. Wastewater Microbiology Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael H. Gerardi

Series Editor Information

  1. The Pennsylvania State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471206927

Online ISBN: 9780471710431

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Keywords:

  • wastewater collection;
  • treatment;
  • parasitic protozoans;
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Summary

Wastewater collection and treatment have greatly reduced the number of outbreaks of disease in the United States each year. Wastewater treatment consists of a combination of biological, chemical, and physical processes to degrade organic and nitrogeneous wastes and destroy or inactivate a large number of pathogens. Usually, chlorine or chlorinated compounds, ozone, or ultraviolet light is used to disinfect the treated effluent before its discharge to receiving waters.