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Water quality guidelines for South Africa : First Edition 1996

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the South African Water Quality Guidelines are available from the links below as individual volumes in PDF format. This is not the official source for these documents, which is now
(Enter the following in the search box: water quality guidelines
This will return the link to South African Water Quality Guidelines, with all the guideline PDF files in a single 10Mb ZIP file.)
Alternatively, start the 10 Mb download directly.
Please contact Pieter Viljoen (Tel: +27 (0) 12 336 7514 ) for further information about this link.

Note that the printed copies remain the definitive version of these documents.

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[2017-09-04] The links in the second column of the table are for downloading edited documents that solve the font problems described here, at the cost of consistency in formatting and page numbering.
[2009-08-06] The original documents were in WordPerfect 6.0, sprinkled with non-standard WP fonts. These fonts are now rarely installed on users' computers, and even when they are present some PDF readers (e.g. Adobe) do not detect them. If you experience "font not found" problems with your PDF reader please try installing the non-copyright version of the WP font set WPFONTS.EXE and using an alternative PDF reader. We have experienced these font problems with Adobe Reader versions 7 to 10 but not with Foxit Reader version 3. If anyone has a better solution, please let us know!

Warning :

Some guideline tables are inconsistent in the use of the decimal comma "," and point ".".

Guidelines for fresh water (each file about 1Mb):

Original fileFile with corrections to symbols
Domestic use Domestic use
Recreational use Recreational use
Industrial use Industrial use
Irrigation Irrigation
Livestock watering Livestock watering
Aquaculture Aquaculture
Aquatic Ecosystems Aquatic Ecosystems
Field guide Field guide

Guidelines for marine water (each file about 2Mb):

Original fileFile with corrections to symbols
Natural environment
Recreational use
Industrial use
Mariculture Mariculture

Quality of domestic water supplies: Assessment, Sampling, Analysis and Treatment Guidelines :

See Reports: Laws and Guidelines

Last update of this page: 2019-12-18 07:20

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