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An introduction to joint research by the USEPA and USGS on contaminants of emerging concern in source and treated drinking waters of the United States
Kolpin, D., S. Glassmeyer, AND E. Furlong. An introduction to joint research by the USEPA and USGS on contaminants of emerging concern in source and treated drinking waters of the United States. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier BV, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, 579:1608–1609, (2017).
This paper is an introduction to a series of papers being published in Science of the Total Environment
Improvements in analytical methodology have allowed low-level detection of an ever increasing number of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, hormones, pathogens and other contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). The use of these improved analytical tools has allowed researchers to document the global presence of CECs derived from a wide range of urban (e.g. wastewater treatment plants, onsite septic systems, landfills) and agricultural (e.g. livestock and crop production) sources. In addition, such research has documented that CECs are sufficiently mobile and persistent to be transported to all environmental compartments (e.g. surface water, stream bed sediment, groundwater, soil, tissue).