[Pharmwaste] Treatment of pharms in wastewater facilities
TBadrick at aol.com
TBadrick at aol.com
Thu Feb 18 10:24:31 EST 2010
Well setting aside the obvious groundwater issues, I'm wondering what
thoughts are on solids/airborne contamination threats could be. Lets safely as
sume that "watering" is done during dry periods (often warm in theory),
would potential pharmaceuticals sufficiently settle out of the water and bind
to the surface in addition to settling into the soil and groundwater system,
thus creating a potential touch exposure and also becoming airborne thus
contaminating a much greater area.
I realize the potential volume isn't huge but then again no telling what
new creations can come from the chemical world.
In a message dated 2/18/2010 7:14:40 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
tbuckner at ibiblio.org writes:
Given all the discussion on excretion rates of pharmaceuticals, the
question I have is whether it is now, or ever will be possible, to handle these
drugs during the wastewater treatment process. In my community, the local
water authority is preparing to sell 'reclaimed water' (ie., that which has
not been subjected to the final treatment phase of dispersion) for
irrigation purposes to a local school. I'm shuddering to think of children rolling
around in a gumbo of drugs that we can neither identify or have any
possibility of treating.
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