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WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS SIGNIFICANT SOURCE
OF MICROPLASTICS IN RIVERS
Millions of tiny pieces of plastic are escaping wastewater
treatment plant filters and winding up in rivers where they
could potentially contaminate drinking water supplies and enter the food system, according to new research.
Microplastics — small pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters (0.20 inches) wide — are an emerging environmental
concern in ocean waters, where they can harm ocean animals.
Although the majority of ocean debris — including plastics
— is transported to oceans from rivers, much less is known
about how microplastics are entering rivers and affecting river
ecosystems, according to Timothy Hoellein, an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago.
Hoellein previously found that water downstream from a
wastewater treatment plant had a higher concentration of
microplastics than water upstream from the plant. Now, new
research by Hoellein and his colleagues studying 10 urban rivers in Illinois supports this initial finding. Although initial estimates suggest that wastewater treatment plants are catching
90 percent or more of the incoming microplastics, the amount
of microplastics being released daily with treated wastewater
into rivers is significant, ranging from 15,000 to 4. 5 million
microplastic particles per day per treatment plant, according
to the new research.
Wastewater treatment plants were a source of microplastics in 80 percent of the rivers studied, regardless of the size of
the river or the size and type of wastewater treatment plant.
The new research also found that in each river, the tiny plastic
particles that escaped the wastewater treatment plants were
home to bacterial communities that were more likely to be
potentially harmful than the bacteria found in the rivers.
“[Wastewater treatment plants] do a great job of doing
what they are designed to do — which is treat waste for major pathogens and remove excess chemicals like carbon and
nitrogen from the water that is released back into the river,”
Hoellein said. “But they weren’t designed to filter out these
tiny particles.” WW
ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS OPENS DISTRIBUTION
CENTER IN FLORIDA
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for
non-residential, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, has opened a new distribution center in Panama
City Beach, Fla. The Panama City Beach location is the company’s fourth in the state and will increase the local supply of
the company’s products and improve customer service.
Having recently under-taken several major construction projects, the Panhandle of Florida is a rapidly
growing area. This new location is an example of the
company’s commitment to
servicing customers’ water
management needs with local inventory.
ADS water management solutions are used in a diverse
range of construction projects, including streets and highways, non-residential, residential and industrial projects, golf
courses, athletic fields and other construction projects. The
company has a network of 61 manufacturing locations and
31 distribution centers in strategic locations worldwide. WW