IHE Models Hotspots of Pharmaceutical Contamination of Water


Human and veterinary uses of pharmaceuticals lead to high concentration of these compounds in wastewater, which is often not sufficiently collected and treated in wastewater treatment plants, thus pouring into rivers and lakes. The developed global model identifies hotspots of highly concentrated pharmaceuticals in these waters, using data from a global database of diclofenac consumption and occurrence in freshwaters. The model can also be generalized to other pharmaceuticals than diclofenac.