We present a list of internet links and references below that may be of interest or informative in understanding the causes of water pollution, its impact on human health, legislation that regulates water purity, and on the technologies involved in detecting pollutants and treating waste water .

Legislation, Regulations and Recommendations

Drinking Water Quality Guidelines (DWAF)
Recommended Chemical Purity of Drinking Water in South Africa
Chemical Purity of Bottled Water (R718 of 2006)
World Health Organization
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Health
Department of Water Affairs
WHO: Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality, 3rd ed.
The world health report 2003 - shaping the future
Chemicals assessment
Chemical Safety Information from Intergovernmental Organizations
Environmental Health and Toxicology

Standards and Methods

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Codex Alimentarius: Current Official Standards
Tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
Gas chromatography-mass spectromerty (GC-MS)

Endocrine Disruptors

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
EPA: Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
EPA: Endocrine Disruptor Research
WHO: Global assessment of the state-of-the-science of endocrine disruptors
WHO: Endocrine disruptors
European Commission: Endocrine Disruptors
EU Study on Endocrine Disrupters in Drinking Water


WHO Pesticides Evaluation Scheme: "WHOPES"
Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) publications
International Maximum Residue Level Database
Pesticide Data Sheets
International Programme on Chemical Safety: Pesticide Safety Data Sheets
United States Geological Survey: The Quality of Our Nation's Waters
Pesticide Action Network: Pesticide Use on Wine Grapes in 2008
Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment
WWW Pesticide Sites in OECD Countries and Other Organisations
National pesticide information center
EPA: Tolerance Information for Pesticide Chemicals in Food and Feed Commodities
EPA: Drinking Water Contaminants
EPA Pesticide Home


Toxicological Reviews of Cyanobacterial Toxins: Anatoxin-a, Cylindrospermopsin and Microcystins
Liver failure and death after exposure to microcystins at a hemodialysis center in Brazil
Cylindrospermopsin: A Decade of Progress on Bioaccumulation Research
Cylindrospermopsin. Review of Toxicological Literature
Toxic cyanobacteria in water: A guide to their public health consequences, monitoring and management

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

EPA: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)
California Department of Toxic Substance Control: Toxicological Issues of PPCPs
The Goundwater Foundation: PPCPs

Water Quality Consultants, NGOs and Civil Groups

Pesticide Action Network - UK
Anthony Turton
South African Water Research Commission
South African Association of Water Utilities (Society of Water Boards)

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