Sunlight and bacteria remove drugs and chemical pollutants from drinking water

Drinking water supplies around the world often contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and synthetic compounds that may be harmful to human health. Man-made wastewater treatment plants are not able to remove these residues. But nature can, as experiments with artificially constructed wetlands show. Sunlight and bacteria naturally degrade residues of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, sex hormones, and other drugs and chemicals.

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Sunlight and bacteria remove drugs and chemical pollutants from drinking water

Drinking water supplies around the world often contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and synthetic compounds that may be harmful to human health. Man-made wastewater treatment plants are not able to remove these residues. But nature can, as experiments with artificially constructed wetlands show. Sunlight and bacteria naturally degrade residues of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, sex hormones, and other drugs and chemicals.

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