Emerging contaminants (ECs) have been in recent years recognised as significant pollutant. They are widely present and distributed in aquatic environment, and can have an impact on human and wildlife health, especially endocrine system. The main goal of work package T1 (WP T1) Discovering emerging contaminants in the water environment –State-of-the-art, is a review of the state-of-the-art (SOA) of handling, monitoring and treatment of ECs in water resources management, including different views and approaches: from political, legislation, monitoring and engineering point.
The SOA preparation process for the boDEREC- CE project can be understood as an illustration of the data collection approach related to ECs or similar substances. From this point of view, we consider the present report as a learning tool that is important for achieving the final objectives of the project and for the wider scientific and professional public at large.
In this output O.T.1.2 - Data collection tool for emerging contaminants, the data collection tool and the review of the appearance of emerging contaminants in water environment is described and reviewed in detail. The findings of emerging contaminates appearing in the water environment are gathered from national reports and synthesized. The data reported in all of the national reports concerning the presence of emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals, pesticides, personal care products, priority substances…) in the water environment (groundwater, spring water, river bank filtration, flowing streams, standing water bodies, wetlands, waste water and drinking/tap water) is gathered from different literature sources and scientific findings presented in governmental reports, scientific papers, published reports of monitoring programs, projects and research documents, monographs as well as conference proceedings and materials available online, published by institutions and other entities dealing with environmental issues. From O.T.1.1 results and review of the ECs appearing in water environment, gaps in the procedures for data collections are identified and recommendations for implementation/improvement of data collection on emerging contaminants are given.