Microbial biotechnologies for potable water production

S. Jane Fowler, Barth F. Smets

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Sustainable Development Goal 6 requires the provision of safe drinking water to the world. We propose that increased exploitation of biological processes is fundamental to achieving this goal due to their low economic and energetic costs. Biological processes exist for the removal of most common contaminants, and biofiltration processes can establish a biologically stable product that retains high quality in distribution networks, minimizing opportunities for pathogen invasion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMicrobial Biotechnology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1094-1097
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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