Emerging Contaminants: Challenge For Ground And Surface Water Management

IJEP 41(12): 1391-1398 : Vol. 41 Issue. 12 (December 2021)

Anurag Tewari* and Prahlad Prasad Paroha

Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology, Department of Basic Sciences, Bhauti, Kanpur – 209 305, U.P., India


In recent decades, there has been a rise in exposure to the environmental quality of drinking water due to the increasing awareness and potential toxicity of chemical compounds being used day by day for various purposes. The new class of chemical pollutants called emerging contaminant (EC) have been recently found in water resources and is of major importance for water quality. These so-called ‘emerging contaminants’ groups comprise various compounds, such as pharmaceutical products, plasticizers and industrial daily use additives. Inorganic compounds are limited but the organic chemicals are mainly composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen which are not included in nutrients or metals. For assessing ECs a combined strategy right from occurrence to assessment and multi-scale approach will be required to prepare plans for regulations, management measures of ECs into the environment and their occurrence in the environment to be assessed through water resource management.


Groundwater, Emerging contaminants, Toxicity, Assessment management


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