Occurrence of pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater and sludge from wastewater treatment plants: Removal and ecotoxicological impact of wastewater discharges and sludge disposal

The occurrence of sixteen pharmaceutically active compounds in influent and effluent wastewater and in primary, secondary and digested sludge in one-year period has been evaluated

J. Martín; D. Camacho-Muñoz; J.L. Santos; I. Aparicio; E. Alonso

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • The occurrence of sixteen pharmaceutically active compounds in influent and effluent wastewater and in primary, secondary and digested sludge in one-year period has been evaluated
  • Twelve of the pharmaceuticals were detected in wastewater at mean concentrations from 0.1 to 32 μg/L
  • Salicylic acid, gemfibrozil and caffeine were the compounds at the highest concentrations
  • Ecotoxicological risk after wastewater discharge and sludge disposal is limited to the presence of 17β-estradiol in digested-sludge amended soil

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