Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 5(5), pp. 400 - 408
DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050510
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Drinking Water Disinfection by Solar Radiation

Arzu Teksoy *, Sevil Çalışkan Eleren
Faculty of Engineering, Uludag University, Turkey


A primary concern of developing countries throughout the world is that of obtaining safe drinking water. Waterborne diseases are still common in developing countries since drinking water sources are contaminated and the conventional rural water treatment plants are often inefficient to produce safe drinking water. This situation in developing countries is a major problem in terms of preventing public health. It is estimated that diarrhea accounted for 99% of the 69 million deaths among children before the age of five. Inadequate operation and maintenance after installations caused by a lack of trained operators, by a treacherous supply of chemicals and spare parts, and by financial problems lead to produce unhealthy drinking water. Since major urban water supplies are also not always capable of maintaining a regular supply of qualitatively good water, the distributed water is often considered unsafe for direct consumption. Treatment of water at the household level (etc. boiling) or purchasing of mineral water for consumption is more real than an exception in urban areas of developing countries. Recently, another small-scale approach using the lethal effect of sunlight has gained importance to sanitary contaminated water. Solar disinfection (SODIS) is one of the simplest methods for providing acceptable quality drinking water and consists of filling transparent containers (plastic bags, plastic bottles or glass bottles) with water and exposing the containers to sunlight for approximately 6 hours. Because of the low cost and easy usage, solar disinfection is commonly used in developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America. The aim of this literature review is to give information about solar disinfection mechanism, to compare the efficiency of solar disinfection on different microorganisms based on the past studies, and to discuss the several applications of solar disinfection in the world.

Drinking Water, Microorganism, Rural Area, Solar Disinfection

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[1] Arzu Teksoy , Sevil Çalışkan Eleren , "Drinking Water Disinfection by Solar Radiation," Environment and Ecology Research, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 400 - 408, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050510.

(b). APA Format:
Arzu Teksoy , Sevil Çalışkan Eleren (2017). Drinking Water Disinfection by Solar Radiation. Environment and Ecology Research, 5(5), 400 - 408. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050510.