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Title:Fate of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Irrigated Wastewater Effluent
Author(s):Loftus, Lucy; Jin, Guang; Armstrong, Shalamar; Bierma, Thomas J.; Walker, Paul; Zheng, Wei; Kelly, Walt
Subject(s):Pharmaceuticals -- Environmental aspects -- Illinois
Personal care products -- Environmental aspects -- Illinois
Wastewater treatment
Agricultural irrigation -- Illinois
Geographic Coverage:Lexington, IL
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.
Issue Date:2015-01
Publisher:Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Citation Info:Loftus, Lucy; Jin, Guang; Armstrong, Shalamar; Bierma, Thomas; Walker, Paul; Zheng, Wei; Kelly, Walt. Fate of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Irrigated Wastewater Effluent. Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2015. (TR-052).
Series/Report:TR Series (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) ; 052
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Grant Number HWR12223
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-01-26

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