Pharmaceutical residues in municipal wastewater: Are hospitals a major point source?

Le Corre, K. S., Ort, C. and Keller, J. (2012) Pharmaceutical residues in municipal wastewater: Are hospitals a major point source?. Water, 39 4: 84-88.

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Author Le Corre, K. S.
Ort, C.
Keller, J.
Title Pharmaceutical residues in municipal wastewater: Are hospitals a major point source?
Journal name Water   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-0367
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 84
End page 88
Total pages 5
Place of publication Leonards, NSW Australia
Publisher Australian Water Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The detection of an ever-increasing number of pharmaceutical contaminants throughout the water cycle has raised scientific and public concerns regarding their potential impact on the environment and on human health. With that regard, hospital wastewater is often suspected of being a major source of pharmaceutical residues in municipal wastewater and, as such, should be treated prior to discharge. But are such suspicions truly founded? To answer this question, the Urban Water Security Research Alliance project on Hospital Wastewater investigated the contribution of six hospitals located in South-East Queensland (SEQ) to the loads of 589 pharmaceuticals in municipal wastewater using a predictive consumption-based approach. In addition, the possibility that hospital-specific substances are present at levels that may pose a risk for human health was evaluated. The results suggest that the contribution of hospitals towards the total load of pharmaceuticals in the influent of sewage treatment plants (STP) and risks of human exposure to the pharmaceuticals exclusively administered in the investigated hospitals are limited. The study concludes that decentralised wastewater treatment at the sites investigated would not have a substantial impact on pharmaceutical loads entering STPs and, finally, the environment.
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