Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

We give a brief overview of the technologies commonly applied for drinking water treatment, with reference to pharmaceutical removal, and we review available literature data on the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in finished drinking water

Aleksandra Jelić; Mira Petrović; Damià Barceló

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • Pharmaceuticals are a group of emerging contaminants that has received noticeable attention over the past decade
  • Traces of pharmaceuticals have been found in groundwater and surface water that are used for drinking water supply
  • Concern has been raised over the potential risk to human health from exposure to the pharmaceutical residues via drinking water
  • There is no evidence that any serious risk could arise from low concentrations of pharmaceuticals found in drinking water
  • We give a brief overview of the technologies commonly applied for drinking water treatment, with reference to pharmaceutical removal, and we review available literature data on the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in finished drinking water
  • Stan HJ, Heberer T, Linkerhägner M Occurrence of clofibric acid in the aquatic system – is the use in human medical care the source of the contamination of surface ground and drinking water?

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