Water Supply Operations: Disinfection Byproducts

This video is part of AWWA's Water Supply Operations series on disinfection byproducts. Disinfection is essential in the battle against waterborne disease; however, disinfectants also can create unwanted byproducts. These disinfection byproducts or DBPs are a concern because they can potentially cause long-term health issues. This creates a tough balancing act for utilities: protecting the public from waterborne disease while minimizing the occurrence and impact of DBPs. This video covers the types of disinfectants used in water treatment, how disinfection byproducts form, and strategies to control DBPs, including guidelines set by EPA through the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rules.