Objectives, Target groups and keywords, Selected references

This conference focuses on the comprehensive issue of occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the water environment and drinking water. This is done by considering the entire pathway of  pharmaceuticals from their source (human use of medicins, etc.) as sewage water to waste water treatment plants releasing their effluent to surface waters and groundwater, this water being used as source for drinking water production, ending up with drinking water that may contain pharmaceutical residues. The effect of pharmaceuticals on ecosystems is also considered. This conference aims to intensify contacts between professionals, scientists, engineers, water managers (river basin administrators, etc.) and policy makers involved in the field of (A) wastewater treatment, (B) surface waters, (C) groundwater, (D) drinking water supply, (E) aquatic ecosystems, and (F) legislation (setting water quality standards).

In short, the objectives are:

  • to provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling, monitoring, laboratory analytical methods for detection of pharmaceuticals, and uncertainty at various levels, from the perspective of themes A through F;
  • to intensify contacts between wastewater treatment operators and drinking water supply operators;
  • to intensify contacts between scientists, water managers (river basin administrators, etc.) economists and policy makers;
  • to intensify contacts between (a) legislation preparation bodies (e.g. at European Union), (b) river basin administrators, wastewater treatment operators and (c) drinking water supply operators.

Target groups and keywords

Target groups are professionals, scientists, engineers, water managers (river basin administraters, etc.) and policy makers involved in the themes (A) wastewater treatment, (B) surface waters, (C) groundwater, (D) drinking water supply, (E) aquatic ecosystems, and (F) legislation (setting water quality standards). It includes activities characterised by the following keywords: pharmaceuticals, hormones, pharmaceutical residues, human health risk, water quality, drinking water quality, hydrology, geohydrology, unsaturated zone, subsurface environment (porous medium, fractured-rock medium), groundwater, surface waters, drinking water, monitoring, modelling, transport in groundwater, decay and transformation processes, metabolites, chemistry, hydrochemistry, biohydrochemistry, hydrology, geohydrology, geochemistry, waste water treatment technologies, drinking-water production processes, environmental impact, aquatic ecosystems.

Selected references illustrating scope of the conference

[2002] Drug Residues in Ambient Water: Initial Surveillance in New Mexico, USA
https://www.env.nm.gov/fod/LiquidWaste/pharm%20paper.pdf
[2008a] Something in the water
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2008/September/SomethingInTheWater.asp
[2008b] Fighting Drugs In Drinking Water
http://www.cleanwateraction.org/programinitiative/fighting-drugs-drinking-water
[2008c] BMJ highlights the problem of drugs residues in drinking water
http://www.drbriffa.com/2008/07/11/bmj-highlights-the-problem-of-drugs-residues-in-drinking-water/
[2011] Drug residues and endocrine disruptors in drinking water: risk for humans? - PubMed - NCBI
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21885334
[2013a] Your tap water is probably laced with antidepressants
http://www.salon.com/2013/03/14/your_tap_water_is_probably_laced_with_anti_depressants_partner/
[2013b] University studies drug residue pollution in water - BBC News
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-22166897
[2013c] Drug residues in Swedish sewage water
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217085213.htm
[2013d] Drug residues in water: ANSES today publishes a general method for assessing the health risks
https://www.anses.fr/en/content/drug-residues-water-anses-today-publishes-general-method-assessing-health-risks

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