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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Fate of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Irrigated Wastewater Effluent

Title:
Fate of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Irrigated Wastewater Effluent

Abstract:
The potential human and environmental health risks posed by pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have been identified as a research priority at both the federal and state level. It has been well documented that municipal wastewater treatment plants with surface discharge fail to remove many of these emerging contaminants; however, little research has been conducted to determine the capability of lagoon treatment systems to remove PPCPs or of organic-matter-rich clay loam soils to filter PPCPs and reduce surface water pollution. The objective of this study was to determine the fate and transport of selected pharmaceuticals in lagoon-treated wastewater effluent applied as cropland irrigation in Illinois. In this study, we were able to determine the presence of six of the seven priority PPCPs in lagoon-treated wastewater effluent; verify the absence of studied PPCPs in soil and well water prior to treatment; determine characteristics of cropland soil that may impact PPCP transport when wastewater irrigation begins; and conduct sorption isotherm studies to understand the sorption and desorption capabilities of field soils in Lexington, Illinois.

URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/2142/73116

Source:
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center via IDEALS

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
January 2015

Associated Sectors:

  P2Rx

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