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Human Pharmaceuticals, Hormones and Fragrances - The Challenge of Micropollutants in Urban Water Management

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Thomas Ternes
Thomas Ternes
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Adriano Joss
Adriano Joss
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IWA Publishing
Volume
5
ISBN electronic:
9781780402468
Publication date:
October 2006

The observed concentrations of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in raw wastewater confirm that municipal wastewater represents the main disposal pathway for the PPCPs consumed in households, hospitals and industry. In sewage treatment plant effluents most PPCPs are still present, since many of these polar and persistent compounds are being removed only partially or, in some cases, not at all. Treated wastewater therefore represents an important point source for PPCPs into the environment. After passing a sewage treatment plant the treated wastewater is mostly discharged into rivers and streams or sometimes used to irrigate fields. If drinking water is produced using resources containing a substantial proportion of treated wastewater (e.g. from river water downstream of communities) the water cycle is closed and indirect potable reuse occurs.

Human Pharmaceuticals, Hormones and Fragrances provides an overview of the occurrence, analytics, removal and environmental risk of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in wastewater, surface water and drinking water. The book covers all aspects of the fate and removal of PPCPs in the whole water cycle: consumption and occurrence, analytical methods, the legal background, environmental risk assessment, human and animal toxicology, source control options, wastewater and drinking water treatment as well as indirect reuse.

The book presents a summary of the results obtained during the EU project “Poseidon”, combined with further expert knowledge on the field, and is written at a level appropriate for professionals involved in management of water resource quality. Professionals in the field including decision makers, engineers and scientists, as well as students entering the field, will find this an invaluable source of information.

This title belongs to Water Law & Policy Series

ISBN: 9781843390930 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780402468 (eBook)

Human Pharmaceuticals, Hormones and Fragrances - The Challenge of Micropollutants in Urban Water Management
By: Thomas Ternes, Adriano Joss
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780402468
ISBN (electronic): 9781780402468
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2006

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