Water Sanitation Health

Uranium in drinking-water

Background document for development of WHO guidelines for drinking-water quality


Publication details

Editors: WHO
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/SDE/WSH/03.04/118/Rev/1



The background document reviews microbial, chemical and radiological aspects of drinking-water, and addresses the chemical aspects of uranium toxicity:

  • general description;
  • environmental levels and human exposure;
  • kinetics and metabolism in laboratory animals and humans;
  • effects on laboratory animals and in vitro test systems;
  • effects on human health;
  • practical aspects, and provisional guideline value.