Resource protection and resource management of drinking water-reservoirs in Thuringia--a prerequisite for high drinking-water quality
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|Journal:||Schriftenr Ver Wasser Boden Lufthyg 2000/06/08|
|Address:||Thuringia Reservoir Administration, Tambach-Dietharz, Germany.|
In face of widespread pollution of surface waters, strategies must be developed for the use of surface waters which protect the high quality standards of drinking water, starting with the catchment area via the reservoir to the consumer. As a rule, priority is given to the avoidance of contaminants directly at their point of origin. Water protection is always cheaper than expensive water-body restoration and water treatment. Complementary to the generally practised technical methods of raw water treatment with all their associated problems of energy input requirements, costs, and waste products, there is an increasing number of environmentally sound treatment technologies which use ecological principles as a basis to support the self-cleaning properties of flowing and dammed waters.