Occurrence of organophosphate flame retardants in drinking water from China

Li, Jun, Yu, Nanyang, Zhang, Beibei, Jin, Ling, Li, Meiying, Hu, Mengyang, Zhang, Xiaowei, Wei, Si and Yu, Hongxia (2014) Occurrence of organophosphate flame retardants in drinking water from China. Water Research, 54 53-61. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2014.01.031

Author Li, Jun
Yu, Nanyang
Zhang, Beibei
Jin, Ling
Li, Meiying
Hu, Mengyang
Zhang, Xiaowei
Wei, Si
Yu, Hongxia
Title Occurrence of organophosphate flame retardants in drinking water from China
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1354
Publication date 2014-05-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2014.01.031
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 54
Start page 53
End page 61
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher I W A Publishing
Language eng
Subject 2312 Water Science and Technology
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
2302 Ecological Modelling
Abstract Several organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs) have been identified as known or suspected carcinogens or neurotoxic substances. Given the potential health risks of these compounds, we conducted a comprehensive survey of nine OPFRs in drinking water in China. We found total concentrations of OPFRs in tap water ranging from 85.1ng/L to 325ng/L, and tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBEP), triphenyl phosphate (TPP), and tris(2-chloroisopropyl) phosphate (TCPP) were the most common components. Similar OPFR concentrations and profiles were observed in water samples processed through six different waterworks in Nanjing, China. However, boiling affected OPFR levels in drinking water by either increasing (e.g., TBEP) or decreasing (e.g., tributyl phosphate, TBP) concentrations depending on the particular compound and the state of the indoor environment. We also found that bottled water contained many of the same major OPFR compounds with concentrations 10-25% lower than those in tap water, although TBEP contamination in bottled water remained a concern. Finally, we concluded that the risk of ingesting OPFRs through drinking water was not a major health concern for either adults or children in China. Nevertheless, drinking water ingestion represents an important exposure pathway for OPFRs.
Keyword Boiling
Drinking water
Health risk
Organophosphate flame retardants
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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