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Dangerous Pollutants (Xenobiotics) in Urban Water Cycle

  • Petr Hlavinek
  • Ongjen Bonacci
  • Jiri Marsalek
  • Ivana Mahrikova
  • State of art in water related dangerous pollutants

  • Multidisciplinary approach to problem of xenobiotics in urban water

  • Technical, ecological and socio economical point of view

Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series book series (NAPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Challenges In Water Resources Management

    1. Dragan A. Savic, Slobodan Djordjevic, Adrian Cashman, Adrian Saul
      Pages 3-12
    2. Geraldine Knops, Marc Pidou, Wilfred Kadewa, Ana Soares, Paul Jeffrey, Bruce Jefferson
      Pages 13-22
    3. Mariam Betsiavili, Mariam Ubilava
      Pages 35-44
    4. Petr Hlavinek
      Pages 45-52
  3. Safety And Security Of Water Supply And Sanitation

  4. Xenobiotics And Its Treatment, Impact Assessment

    1. Juliane Hollender, Heinz Singer, Christa S. McArdell
      Pages 103-116
    2. Philip Berger
      Pages 131-149
    3. Cvetanka Popovska, Ongjen Bonacci
      Pages 151-160
    4. Tamara Kukharchyk, Valery Khomich, Sergey Kakareka, Svetlana Utochkina
      Pages 161-170
    5. Danguolė Montvydienė, Danutė Marčiulionienė, Vilmantė Karlavičienė, William Hogland
      Pages 171-180
    6. Piet Seuntjens, Katrijn Holvoet, Peter A. Vanrolleghem
      Pages 181-190
    7. Gianni Andreottola, Paola Foladori, Giuliano Ziglio, Chiara Cantaloni, Laura Bruni, Maria Cadonna
      Pages 191-206
    8. Mitja Brilly, Brigita Jamnik, Damjana Drobne
      Pages 207-216

About these proceedings


Growing population and rising standards of living exert stress on water supply and the quality of drinking water. Some of these pressures can be reduced by demand management and water and wastewater reuse. In wastewater ma- gement, new challenges are caused by new chemicals of concern, including endocrine disrupters, pharmaceuticals, hormones, and personal care products, which often pass through wastewater treatment plants unabated, but may cause serious impacts on receiving aquatic ecosystems. The topics focused on evaluation of impact of xenobiotics in the whole Urban Water Cycle are an interdisciplinary task which has a rising concern these days. Xenobiotics includes both inorganic elements like heavy metals, metalloids and man-made organic compounds such as pesticides, surfactants, solvents, fragrances, flavours, and pharmaceuticals as well as endocrine dis- pters. It has been estimated that 70,000 xenobiotics may potentially be hazardous for humans and/or ecosystems. Water supply, urban drainage and wastewater treatment systems were originally designed to solve just conventional problems such as supply of potable water, flooding prevention and sanitation. The main problem within the conventional urban water cycle approaches is absence of design to deal with xenobiotics. Nowadays can be seen increased focus on rainwater use, wastewater reclamation and reuse in industrial and as well in domestic sector what increase the exposure to xenobiotics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Petr Hlavinek
    • 1
  • Ongjen Bonacci
    • 2
  • Jiri Marsalek
    • 3
  • Ivana Mahrikova
    • 4
  1. 1.Brno University of TechnologyCzech Republic
  2. 2.University of SplitCroatia
  3. 3.National Water Research InstituteBurlingtonCanada
  4. 4.Slovak University of TechnologySlovakia

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