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Текуће активности Конференције Emerging Pollutants in Water
Emerging Pollutants in Water ПДФ Штампа Ел. пошта
 Conference Overview


        Surface water and groundwater contaminated by municipal and industrial sources, as well as diffuse sources from urban and agricultural areas, continue to build up pollution levels in the environment. Environmental legislation, even in highly developed countries, mostly deals with conventional pollutants and the so-called priority pollutants (POPs, pesticides, toxic metals, radionuclides, etc.). Only recently, attention has started to shift towards emerging pollutants.


  1. Analytical methods for the detection of emerging pollutants and their transformation products
  2. Toxicity of emerging pollutants and their water-related properties (degradability, solubility, sorption)
  3. Emissions and treatment of emerging pollutants
  4. Occurrence and fate of emerging pollutants in surface water and groundwater, and mathematical modeling.



        Emerging pollutants are not regulated by international or national environmental legislation, and conventional methods of treatment often do not remove them. The elimination of these chemicals requires a multidisciplinary approach. Water and wastewater treatment is not the sole solution to removing these pollutants from the environment. Certain treatment techniques can remove these chemicals; however, such systems tend to be very costly. Also, most of the countries have either limited or no water purification and wastewater treatment infrastructure, rendering the implementation of new technologies infeasible.

For most of the emerging pollutants, risk assessment and ecotoxicological data are not available and it is, therefore, difficult to predict which health effects they may have on humans, terrestrial and aquatic organisms, and ecosystems. Concern has been growing, especially in the past 20 years, over the increasing incidence of human organ disorders, chemical accumulation in human tissue, and the like. Fertility problems and neurological issues are also on the rise.
Therefore, it is very important to know the occurrence, distribution and fate of emerging pollutants in surface water and groundwater. Degradation and sorption are the major factors affecting attenuation of emerging pollutants in river and groundwater systems.

The impact of climate change (declining low flows, etc.) might aggravate emerging pollutant challenges in certain regions of the world.

Having this in mind, the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), UNESCO Category II Center: Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change (WSDAC), Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources and Serbian Water Pollution Control Society are organizing a UNESCO Conference "Emerging Pollutants in Water", to offer the needed technical guidance.


Tenative List of Emerging Pollutants
Category  Subcategory Examples
Pharmaceuticals Veterinary and human antibiotics Trimethoprime, Erythromycin, Lincomycin, Sulfamethoxazole, Ampicillin, Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Amoxicillin
Analgetics, anti-inflammatory drugs Codeine, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Acetylsalicylic acid, Diclofenac, Fenoprofen, Metamizole sodium metabolites (4 FAA = 4-formylaminoantipyrine (FAA), 4 AAA = N-Acetyl-4-aminoantipirin (AAA))
Psychiatric drugs Diazepam, Carbamazepine, Lorazepam, Bromazepam
Lipid regulators Bezafibrate, Clofibric acid, Fenofibric acid, Atorvastatin, Amlodipine, Cilazapril, Simvastatin, Enalapril
β-blockers Metoprolol, Propranolol, Timolol, Bisoprolol
X-ray contrast agents Lopromide, Lopamidol, Diatrizoate
Steroids and hormones Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol, Diethylstilbestrol
Personal care products Sun-screen agents, Insect repellents Benzophenone, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor N, N-diethyltoluamide
Fragrances Nitro, polycyclic and macrocyclic musks
Biocides Triclosan, Chlorophene
Detergents 4-Nonylphenol di-ethoxylate, 4-Octylphenol di-ethoxylate
Flame retardants Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), Tetrabromo bisphenol A, C10-C13 Polychlorinated alkanes Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate
Industrial chemicals Benzothiazol-2-sulfonic acid 
Gasoline additives Methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE)
Others Dialkyl ethers
Algal toxins Microcystin
Anticorrosives 1,2,3-Benzotriazole, Hydrazine
Antifoaming agents Surfinol-104
Antifouling compounds Dibutyl tin ion, Irgarol
Antioxidants 2,6-Di-tert-butylphenol
Bio-terrorism / sabotage agents Chloropicrin
Disinfection by-products (drinking water) Trichloroacetamide, Chloroacetaldehyde
Drugs of abuse Morphine, Dihydrocodeine
Food additives Sucralose, Triacetin
Nanoparticles Limestone (nanoparticles), Titanium dioxide (nanoparticles)
Perfluoroalkylated substances and their transformation products Perfluorooctane sulfonate
Pesticides 2-Aminobenzimidazole
Plasticisers Bisphenol A
Wood preservatives 2,4-Dinitrophenol
The working language of the Conference is English.
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