DBPs can be removed after formation, or their precursors can be removed prior to formation. Alternatively, treatment and disinfection practices can be modified or optimized to minimize DBP formation. ​​These strategies require balancing the need to disinfect and meet other water quality objectives with the risk of forming regulated and nonregulated DBPs as well as other potential unintended consequences. The best approach for any given utility will depend on source water quality and other site-specific considerations, and may vary seasonally. ​

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