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A scientific basis for health-based investments

Authors: Patrick Smeets, Cindy de Jongh, Toine Ramaker, Hein de Jonge, Gertjan Medema

Supplying healthy water to the population for an acceptable price is the primary goal of water supply companies. Therefore investments should aim for maximum health benefit. Microbial, chemical and radiological hazards may all threaten water safety and they may require investments at the source, treatment or distribution. The optimal investment decision is generally a complex and delicate trade-off. This study provides a methodology to compare various options and support investment decisions that contribute most to achieving the health based targets.

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