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Drinking Water Disinfection

Any process to destroy or prevent the growth of microbes

Intended to inactivate (destroy the infectivity of) the microbes by physical, chemical or biological processes

Inactivation is achieved by altering or destroying essential structures or functions within the microbe

Inactivation processes include denaturation of:

proteins (structural proteins, enzymes, transport proteins)

nucleic acids (genomic DNA or RNA, mRNA, tRNA, etc)

lipids (lipid bilayer membranes, other lipids)

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