WQC Enhancement Project - Predicting Future Contaminants of Concern for Indirect Potable Water Reuse

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

WQC Enhancement Project - Predicting Future Contaminants of Concern for Indirect Potable Water Reuse Contract No. 4600000288 for WateReuse Study One of the issues facing the recycled water community is that despite diligence in assessing water quality, there will always be new pollutants identified. The frustration felt by the recycling community is that they are always placed in a reactive rather than a proactive role in this regard and the community may develop a negative public image as a consequence. This proposed research will attempt to change that paradigm by predicting what kinds of contaminants may be of concern five to twenty years in the future. The project will be accomplished with three major sub-tasks. The first sub-task will attempt to identify what new pharmaceutical compounds might be produced in large quantities over the next five to twenty years. This task will identify and evaluate relevant studies to predict trends in the research, development, production, and utilization of pharmaceutical compounds. The second sub-task will evaluate the potential future contaminants for their ability to persist after water reclamation processes and pose a risk to the environment. The information can then be used to help the water recycling community to become more proactive with respect to emerging contaminants. The third sub-task will evaluate the results for the first sub-task using web-based expert judgment to determine the level of confidence associated with the results.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2/3/097/30/11

Funding

  • INDUSTRY: Various Consortium Members: $35,200.00

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