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Keywords:

  • agriculture;
  • biochemical oxygen demand;
  • fertilizers;
  • food processing;
  • ground water;
  • irrigation;
  • nitrogen;
  • pesticides;
  • phosphorus;
  • sediment;
  • surface water;
  • wastewater;
  • water pollution

The Institute of Food Technologists has issued this Scientific Status Summary to provide readers with an overview of drinking water standards and regulations, freshwater resources, water pollution and predominant sources of contamination, and the effects of agriculture and food processing on water quality and wastewater treatment.