Drinking water quality in Brazilian urban slums

Natasha Berendonk Handam, José Augusto Albuquerque dos Santos, Antonio Henrique Almeida de Moraes Neto, Maria de Fátima Leal Alencar, Caroline Ferraz Ignacio, Adriana Sotero-Martins



The study analyzed the quality of drinking water used in Brazilian urban slum residences according to the standards established in Brazilian regulations. Bacteriological (n=231) and physicochemical parameters (n=134) were analyzed, as the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater establishes. The results revealed that contaminants in the water consumed, for the most part, exceed the limits of drinking water quality standards, putting the population's health at risk and reinforcing the urgency of the need for public policies.


drinking water, physicochemical and coliforms analysis, water quality

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4136/ambi-agua.2532

Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X DOI:10.4136/1980-993X

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