Emerging contaminants in Arizona water: A status report

Published by:
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

Prepared by the Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants. (The panel includes Haley & Aldrich's Pejman Eshraghi, with support from Mason Bolitho and Linda Dombrowski.)

This report was compiled by the Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC) to document the most recent available information on emerging contaminants in Arizona’s water supplies. Emerging Contaminants (ECs) are found in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, food additives, and industrial chemicals. ECs also include metals, natural and synthetic hormones, and pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. The universe of ECs is extensive and continuously changing as new contaminants are identified and new information is gathered on existing contaminants. ECs have the potential to threaten the safety of water supplies in Arizona. The panel provides a forum for open discussion, prioritization and planning related to EC issues of critical interest in the safe use of groundwater, surface water, wastewater, reclaimed water, recycled water and drinking water in Arizona.

Read the article on the ADEQ website (PDF).