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Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Municipal Wastewater and Their Removal by Nutrient Treatment Technologies

 
Publication number Date Published
10-03-004January 2010
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Author(s) Lubliner, B., M. Redding, and D. Ragsdale (EPA)
Description In August 2008, the Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted a screening study to characterize pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Samples of influent (untreated), effluent (treated), reclaimed water, and biosolids were analyzed from five WWTPs in the Pacific Northwest. The treatment technologies ranged from secondary processes such as activated sludge to advanced nutrient removal and tertiary filtration. Target analytes included PPCPs, hormones, steroids, semi-volatile organic chemicals, nutrients, and total suspended solids. Overall, the study results indicate that advanced nutrient reduction and tertiary filtration provide additional benefits for PPCP removal.
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Keywords pharmaceuticals, municipal, wastewater, treatment, Pacific Northwest, water, Ecology, Puget Sound, nutrient, Environmental Protection Agency
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