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Determination of Pharmaceutical Compounds in Anchorage Wastewater and Streams

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 11/01/2010
End Date 06/30/2011
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Community Partner
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Last Updated 03/02/2011 12:02AM
Keywords wastewater, contaminant, anchorage


  John Kennish

Student Researchers
  Candace Ede


Recent studies suggest that phannaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs have been detected in wastewater and groundwater throughout the United States. In this study, a selection of pharmaceutical compounds will be quantified in the wastewater and wastewater discharge streams in the Municipality of Anchorage. The compound contaminant levels are unknown at this time. Due to the increased usage of pharmaceuticals, there may be an unexpected exposure and potential harmful effects on the environment and ecology, which may be a cause for concern. Samples will be taken from wastewater effluent, wastewater discharge streams and possible ground water wells at different sites across the Municipality. Samples will be analyzed by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography coupled to a Tandem Mass Spectrometer (HP-LC MSIMS), which is designed to detect low levels of pharmaceuticals and other organic contaminants.

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