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Occurrence of Organic Wastewater Contaminants, Pharmaceuticals, and Personal Care Products in Selected Water Supplies, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 2004

By Marc J. Zimmerman

In cooperation with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment

Open–File Report 2005–1206—ONLINE ONLY

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The citation for this report, in USGS format, is as follows:

Zimmerman, M.J., 2005, Occurrence of organic wastewater contaminants, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products in selected water supplies, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1206, 16 p.

Abstract

In June 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, sampled water from 14 wastewater sources and drinking-water supplies on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for the presence of organic wastewater contaminants, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. The geographic distribution of sampling locations does not represent the distribution of drinking-water supplies on Cape Cod. The environmental presence of the analyte compounds is mostly unregulated; many of the compounds are suspected of having adverse ecological and human health effects. Of the 85 different organic analyte compounds, 43 were detected, with 13 detected in low concentrations (less than 1 microgram per liter) from drinking-water supplies thought to be affected by wastewater because of previously detected high nitrate concentrations. (Phenol and d-limonene, detected in equipment blanks at unacceptably high concentrations, are not included in counts of detections in this report.) Compounds detected in the drinking-water supplies included the solvent, tetrachloroethylene; the analgesic, acetaminophen; the antibiotic, sulfamethoxazole; and the antidepressant, carbamazapine. Nitrate nitrogen, an indicator of wastewater, was detected in water supplies in concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 8.8 milligrams per liter.

Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Data-Collection Methods

Occurrence of Wastewater Contaminants, Pharmaceuticals, and Personal Care Products

Summary

Acknowledgments

References Cited

Tables

1. Nitrate and organic wastewater-contaminant concentrations in samples collected on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 1–2, 2004

2. Concentrations of pharmaceutical and personal care products in samples collected on Cape Cod, June 1–2, 2004





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