Septic System Forensics | February 9, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 6 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 6 | p. 23
Issue Date: February 9, 2015

Septic System Forensics

Telltale signs of drug and fragrance use seen in water
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Drinking water, Emerging concern, EPA, pharmaceuticals, septic system, wastewater, sewage

It’s not uncommon for researchers to find chemicals from personal care products and pharmaceuticals in waterways. Synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and recreational drugs that aren’t metabolized by the body can become water pollutants once they’ve been flushed down the drain. Because sewage treatment plants aren’t designed to remove these compounds, they can end up in rivers, lakes, and streams.

Increasingly, researchers have identified another source of these trace pollutants, commonly known as micropollutants. In addition to . . .

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