Brief for GSDR - Emerging Contaminants in urban stormwater: Challenges and perspectives for sustainable water use

Bandala, Erick R. & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (2016) Brief for GSDR - Emerging Contaminants in urban stormwater: Challenges and perspectives for sustainable water use. UN Global Sustainable Development Report.

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Emerging contaminants (ECs) are chemical compounds commonly present in water. It is only recently that this family of compounds is being recognized as significant water pollutants (. ECs include a wide variety of chemicals such as pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), pesticides, hydrocarbons and hormones, among others, that once released into the environment exert adverse impacts on the human and wildlife endocrine system. Natural attenuation and conventional treatment processes are not capable of removing these micro-pollutants detected in wastewater influent and effluent and surface and drinking water. The main challenges related with presence of ECs in stormwater in the context of reuse are: a) Development of suitable laboratory test methodologies and protocols for ECs identification and quantification b) Identification of the sources of ECs in the urban environment; c) Understanding their impacts on human and/or ecosystem health; and d). Development of cost-effective removal technologies which are appropriate for large as well as small-scale application.

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ID Code: 93766
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Stormwater reuse, Emerging contaminants, PPCPs, Emerging water treatment technologies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Water Quality Engineering (090508)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2016 23:54
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2016 23:54

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