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Microbes and Public Health Significance

Potable water of good quality is a necessity in reducing incidences of waterborne disease outbreaks, and preventing the deterioration of public health.

Developments in water treatment practices have been paramount in reducing these incidences, particularly in developing countries. However, treatment methods used to remove pathogenic microbes have not been completely successful at reducing all incidences of waterborne disease outbreaks within potable water supplies. The global effect of waterborne diseases is colossal, with more than 250 million new cases being reported each year, resulting in over 10 million deaths.