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Moving beyond silver in point-of-use drinking water pathogen control

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Huffman, DP; Pitell, S; Moncure, P; Stout, J; Millstone, JE; Haig, SJ; Gilbertson, LM
Published in: Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology
February 20, 2024

Managing drinking water-associated pathogens that can cause infections in immunocompromised individuals is a persistent challenge, particularly for healthcare facilities where occupant exposures carry a substantial health risk. Incremental advances in point-of-use (POU) devices and modified polymer materials now flood the market, promising to reduce cell concentrations and control biofilm formation. The current leading antimicrobial POU design incorporates silver (Ag), a long standing bacteriostatic used across wide ranging industries. This perspective highlights critical knowledge gaps and fundamental shortcomings associated with existing study designs in the silver-containing POU literature as well as the chemical and microbial processes that underline ongoing critical considerations for pathogen control in drinking water. As a result, we highlight the opportunity to leverage ongoing material discovery and collaboration across disciplines to move us closer towards an affordable, low maintenance approach that addresses the persistent pathogens challenge in drinking water.

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Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology

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EISSN

2053-1419

ISSN

2053-1400

Publication Date

February 20, 2024

Volume

10

Issue

5

Start / End Page

1009 / 1018

Related Subject Headings

  • 0907 Environmental Engineering
  • 0905 Civil Engineering
  • 0399 Other Chemical Sciences
 

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Huffman, D. P., Pitell, S., Moncure, P., Stout, J., Millstone, J. E., Haig, S. J., & Gilbertson, L. M. (2024). Moving beyond silver in point-of-use drinking water pathogen control. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 10(5), 1009–1018. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3ew00564j
Huffman, D. P., S. Pitell, P. Moncure, J. Stout, J. E. Millstone, S. J. Haig, and L. M. Gilbertson. “Moving beyond silver in point-of-use drinking water pathogen control.” Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology 10, no. 5 (February 20, 2024): 1009–18. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3ew00564j.
Huffman DP, Pitell S, Moncure P, Stout J, Millstone JE, Haig SJ, et al. Moving beyond silver in point-of-use drinking water pathogen control. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 2024 Feb 20;10(5):1009–18.
Huffman, D. P., et al. “Moving beyond silver in point-of-use drinking water pathogen control.” Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, vol. 10, no. 5, Feb. 2024, pp. 1009–18. Scopus, doi:10.1039/d3ew00564j.
Huffman DP, Pitell S, Moncure P, Stout J, Millstone JE, Haig SJ, Gilbertson LM. Moving beyond silver in point-of-use drinking water pathogen control. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 2024 Feb 20;10(5):1009–1018.
Journal cover image

Published In

Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology

DOI

EISSN

2053-1419

ISSN

2053-1400

Publication Date

February 20, 2024

Volume

10

Issue

5

Start / End Page

1009 / 1018

Related Subject Headings

  • 0907 Environmental Engineering
  • 0905 Civil Engineering
  • 0399 Other Chemical Sciences