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Removal of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in wastewater treatment

Project Number # 4529-17

Removal of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in wastewater treatment

Project Leader:  Luis Restrepo

This project will investigate the presence, removal and fate of illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment, using advanced instrumentation. These drugs are emerging environmental contaminants and potential hazards for the disposal and recycling of treated wastewater.

Expected outcomes from this project include the development of novel wastewater treatment methods and an early warning system for identifying new psychoactive drugs in the community.

The project will provide benefits such as reduction in the environmental and human health risk for wastewater recycling.