State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007AL65B
Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of Various Treatment Methods for Removing Endocrine Disrupting Compounds from Domestic Wastewater
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: Seven
Focus Categories: Surface Water, Water Quality, Treatment
Keywords: Water Treatment, Synthetic Organice, Water Quality, Bioindicators, Ecosystems, Oxidation, Pollutants
Principal Investigators: Angus, Robert; Peters, Robert W.
Federal Funds: $ 25,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 50,473
Abstract: In recent years, it has been determined that various synthetic and natural compounds can mimic, or interfere with the actions of natural hormones and disrupt the endocrine systems of humans and wildlife. These substances, collectively referred to as endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), have been linked to a variety of adverse effects in both humans and wildlife. Numerous EDCs, most of which act as estrogens, have been detected in various surface and ground waters.

The proposed research intends to investigate the effectiveness of various advanced oxidation process (AOP) techniques in degrading the two most potent steroids in aqueous solution, and analyzing water and sediments in streams in the Birmingham area receiving treated wastewater to determine whether the estrogens are present in concentrations sufficient to disrupt endocrine syatems of aquatic organisms in the receiving waters.

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