Further information on the reduction of micropollutants in wastewater

Here we provide links to relevant articles and offer summaries of studies on micropollutants and its reduction from wastewater. We also discuss solutions and issues such as cost of removing pharmaceutical residue. New content will be added every month. Please feel free to comment or provide more information in any discussion.

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Posted: May 18, 2016
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
Everyday we use different kinds of chemical products, most of which are man-made and are not broken down easily. As a consequence, they will eventually end up in our environment. A significant number of studies proved that their presence in both soil and water bodies can have serious effects.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2016
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey

Surface water is considered as a valuable resource for drinking water supply. However it is evidently being threatened by continuous release of unwanted chemical residues, primarily from wastewater treatment plants.

The following videos provide an insight of pollution in our receiving water due to micropollutants such as pharmaceuticals.

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Posted: Jan 13, 2016
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey

Surface waters, such as rivers and lakes, receive large amounts of waste water from industrial, agricultural, and domestic sources as well as from municipal sewage treatment plants. These waters, which contain unidentified substances, are typically used as the source of drinking water. 

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Posted: Dec 15, 2015
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Micropollutants occur in the environment mainly due to wastewater treatment plant discharges. The following links of articles investigates the occurrence of micropollutants in WWTPs and the environmental risks associated with their exposure.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2015
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Pharmaceuticals have been detected everywhere in the environment especially in surface waters. Exposure to elevated concentrations of these micropollutants has shown to cause harmful effects in the environment and the living organisms, as referred to in the following links.
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Posted: Apr 24, 2015
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Zhou and Brrodbank (2014) investigated the occurrence of 9 pharmaceuticals in both river water and sediment by taking sample at different times and locations such as the effluent recipient water and downstream and upstream of River Medway.
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Posted: Apr 24, 2015
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Östman et al. (2014) investigated 24 illicit and narcotic drugs and some metabolites present in sewage treatment plants in different locations around Sweden using newly developed analytical method. This review provides only a quick view or snapshot of the drugs since only a single sample was taken in every location.
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Posted: Apr 5, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
Conventional treatment methods are not designed to remove micropollutants in the wastewater therefore high concentrations of these mixture of substances are discharged with the wastewater effluents.
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Posted: Mar 10, 2015
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The following links of articles present evidence of pharmaceutical contamination in natural water and drinking water sources and their behavior in the environment.
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