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PPCP Monitoring in Drinking Water Supply Systems: The Example of Káraný Waterworks in Central Bohemia

T.G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, p.r.i, 160 00 Praha 6-Dejvice, Czech Republic
Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Albertov 6, 12 843 Prague 2, Czech Republic
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Water 2018, 10(12), 1852;
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 27 November 2018 / Accepted: 8 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Contaminants in Water: Detection, Treatment, and Regulation )
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The Káraný waterworks supplies drinking water to about one-third of Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic with a population of more than 1 million. The combination of two technologies—bank infiltration and artificial recharge—are used for production of drinking water. The two-year monitoring of PPCPs (pharmaceuticals and personal care products) at monthly intervals observed temporal changes in 81 substances in the source river and groundwater, and the efficacy of contamination removal depended on the treatment technology used. The results showed a very wide range of PPCPs discharged from the waste water treatment plant at Mladá Boleslav into the Jizera River at concentrations ranging from ng/L to μg/L. Acesulfame and oxypurinol in concentrations exceeding 100 ng/L systematically occurred, and then a few tens of ng/L of carbamazepine, sulfamethoxazole, primidone, and lamotrigine were regularly detected at the water outlet using the artificial recharge for production of drinking water. Bank infiltration was found more efficient in removing PPCP substances at the Káraný locality where none of the monitored substances was systematically detected in the mixed sample. View Full-Text
Keywords: emerging pollutants; wastewater; drinking water; bank infiltration; artificial recharge emerging pollutants; wastewater; drinking water; bank infiltration; artificial recharge

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Hrkal, Z.; Eckhardt, P.; Hrabánková, A.; Novotná, E.; Rozman, D. PPCP Monitoring in Drinking Water Supply Systems: The Example of Káraný Waterworks in Central Bohemia. Water 2018, 10, 1852.

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