Biodegradation and removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in treatment systems: a review

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have been the focus of much recent research as concerns rise about their occurrence in bodies of water worldwide. In an effort to characterize the risk and determine the prevalence of these micropollutants in lakes and rivers, many researchers are examining PPCP removal from impaired water during wastewater treatment and water recycling (soil passage) processes. Biodegradation studies and projects considering combinations of biodegradation and other removal processes have been conducted over a wide range of compound categories and therapeutic classes, as well as across different systems and scales of study. This review summarizes the extent of PPCP removal observed in these various systems.



Ladislav Mandaric, Elena Diamantini, Elisa Stella, Karina Cano-Paoli, Jennifer Valle-Sistac, Daniel Molins-Delgado, Alberto Bellin, Gabriele Chiogna, Bruno Majone, M. Silvia Diaz-Cruz, Sergi Sabater, Damia Barcelo and Mira Petrovic

Journal:  Science of The Total Environment, 2017, Volume 590-591, Page 484

I chose this article because in our recent trip to WWTP, we discussed about these micropollutants present in water and the challenges that WWTP has to face in removing them.

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