A Reconnaissance of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Wastewater and Sludge from Three Publicly Owned Treatment Works in New Jersey



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Trenton, N.J. : New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health


The character of wastewater, landfill leachate, and sludge taken from three New Jersey regions (Areas) has been assessed for multiple contaminants of emerging concern to determine the likelihood of occurrence in various types of developed areas. Regions were determined based on land use and the projected character of wastewater. The distinct areas of land use that were the aim of this study consisted of residential, commercial, industrial (including two areas with pharmaceutical processing), and hospital/retirement areas. Areas contained various subsewersheds represented by a sampling station that was characterized by the land use type. For example, Area X contained residential sewersheds, industrial sewersheds, and commercial sewersheds. The three Areas contained a total of twenty-six (26) sampling sites, with seventeen (17) of those sites representing various characteristics of the sewershed and the other samples taken of the influent, effluent, and sludge taken from each of the Area’s publicly owned treatment works (POTW). Landfill leachate from one location in each of the three Areas was also analyzed for a suite of compounds.


"SR10-016" on front cover.


New Jersey, Emerging contaminants in water



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