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Priority organic pollutants in the urban water cycle (Toulouse, France)

Sablayrolles, Caroline and Breton, Audrey and Vialle, Claire and Vignoles, Christian and Vignoles-Montrejaud, Mireille Priority organic pollutants in the urban water cycle (Toulouse, France). (2011) Water Science and Technology, 64 (3). 541-556. ISSN 0273-1223

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2011.580

Abstract

Application of the European Water Framework Directive requires Member States to have better understanding of the quality of surface waters in order to improve knowledge of priority pollutants. Xenobiotics in urban receiving waters are an emerging concern. This study proposes a screening campaign of nine molecular species of xenobiotics in a separated sewer system. Five sites were investigated over one year in Toulouse (France) using quantitative monitoring. For each sample, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, nonylphenols, diethelhexylphthalate, linear alkylbenzene sulphonates, methyl tert-butylether, total hydrocarbons, estradiol and ethinylestradiol were analysed. Ground, rain and roof collected water concentrations are similar to treated wastewater levels. Run-off water was the most polluted of the five types investigated, discharged into the aquatic environment. The wastewater treatment plant reduced xenobiotic concentrations by 66% before discharge into the environment. Regarding environmental quality standards, observed concentrations in waters were in compliance with standards. The results show that xenobiotic concentrations are variable over time and space in all urban water compartments.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02155124
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Veolia Environnement (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Yves MOMBOISSE
Deposited On:13 Jun 2019 11:33

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