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Man-Made Pollutants Finding Their Way into Groundwater through Septic Systems

Man made pollutantsPharmaceuticals, hormones and personal care products associated with everyday household activities are finding their way into groundwater through septic systems in New York and New England, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

“Septic systems nationwide are receiving increased attention as environmental sources of chemical contamination,” said USGS scientist Patrick Phillips, lead author of the study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

Supporting groundwater management in Africa

Despite the acknowledgement of groundwater as a key resource for achieving water-related Millennium Development Goals on the African continent, why is there little or no management of the resource? Experts have attributed this problem to: the limited or basic information that exists on aquifer systems and their water storage; the unwillingness or limited capacity of water managers to monitor groundwater abstraction and discharges of contaminants from economic activities and sanitation systems; the inadequacy of national laws in protecting the resource; and a strangely enough a general belief that groundwater is endless because it cannot be seen.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2