Silver as a Disinfectant

Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 191)


The antimicrobial effects of silver (Ag) have been recognized for thousands of years. In ancient times, it was used in water containers (Grier 1983) and to prevent putrefaction of liquids and foods. In ancient times in Mexico, water and milk were kept in silver containers (Davis and Etris 1997). Silver was also mentioned in the Roman pharmacopoeia of 69 b.c. (Davis and Etris 1997).


Water Distribution System Cool Tower Free Chlorine Silver Sulfadiazine Drinking Water Disinfection 
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  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Biosystems EngineeringUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Soil, Water and Environmental ScienceUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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