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Drinking Water Minerals and Mineral Balance

Importance, Health Significance, Safety Precautions

  • Ingegerd Rosborg
  • Frantisek Kozisek
  • Provides a tool for evaluation of drinking water from a health perspective

  • Explains the need of nutrients from drinking water

  • Describes desired levels of minerals in re-mineralize Reverse Osmosis treated water


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ingegerd Rosborg, Frantisek Kozisek, Olle Selinus, Margherita Ferrante, Dragana Jovanovic
    Pages 1-24
  3. Bengt Nihlgård, Ingegerd Rosborg, Margherita Ferrante
    Pages 25-32
  4. Ingegerd Rosborg, Frantisek Kozisek
    Pages 33-61
  5. Ingegerd Rosborg, Margherita Ferrante, Vasant Soni
    Pages 63-99
  6. Ingegerd Rosborg, Frantisek Kozisek, Vasant Soni
    Pages 101-126
  7. Asher Brenner, Kenneth M. Persson, Larry Russell, Ingegerd Rosborg
    Pages 127-148
  8. Ingegerd Rosborg, Frantisek Kozisek, Margherita Ferrante
    Pages 149-160
  9. Ingegerd Rosborg, Frantisek Kozisek
    Pages 167-175

About this book


Following the successful first edition of this book on drinking water quality and health, this new edition puts more focus on the importance of minerals in drinking water. It includes new scientific material and presents additional studies on the negative health effects of reverse osmosis water. 

The various safety organizations working on drinking water all warn about unhealthy constituents, as well as elements that can cause corrosion or scaling on pipes and installations. However, drinking water may also provide a substantial portion of the daily mineral intake, especially for the elderly and children, or those at risk of deficiencies due to unhealthy eating habits or starvation. Thus, a holistic approach to drinking water is presented in this book and the scope is extended from standards for undesirable substances to the basic mineral composition of water, examining 22 nutrient elements and ions and 21 toxic substances. The function of the nutrients in the body, symptoms of deficiency and overload, and advantages of the minerals from drinking water are presented, as well as symptoms of toxic elements from drinking water. The authors also suggest healthy ranges of minerals and mineral ratios for drinking water. 

The book offers a valuable resource for the health evaluation of drinking waters, for private well owners, public water producers and safety organizations alike.


Drinking Water Macro Minerals Micro Minerals Mineral Balance Reverse Osmosis Water and Health Health Evaluation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ingegerd Rosborg
    • 1
  • Frantisek Kozisek
    • 2
  1. 1.Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED)KTH, Royal Institute of EngineeringStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Water HygieneNational Institute of Public HealthPragueCzech Republic

About the editors

The book is written by a group of international renowned experts on drinking water quality and health.

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