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Detection and quantification of emerging organic pollutants in the Umgeni and Msunduzi Rivers
Expanded Title:This work has resulted in protocols that can be used to determine selected PCBs, OCPs, pharmaceuticals and polycyclic musks in environmental samples. The PCB levels were much higher within the Msunduzi River than the Umgeni River, which maybe due to various activities along the rivers. Selected pharmaceutical compounds were detected and quantified in both river systems using LC-MS as well as a newly developed GC-MS method. Pharmaceuticals in some wastewater treatment plants in the KwaZulu-Natal region were also determined and were found to be mostly higher than in surface waters as expected and could possibly be a source of these contaminants in the river. A method has been developed for the extraction, separation and quantification of polycyclic musks using GC-MS. The method has been successful in quantifying the levels of 3 selected polycyclic musks in both the Umgeni and Msunduzi Rivers and show significant contamination in both rivers.
Date Published:01/12/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Wastewater Management - Domestic, Wastewater Management - Sludge management
Document Keywords:Pollution control
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2215/1/16
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0864-7
Authors:Moodley B; Birungi G; Ndungu P
Project No:K5/2215
Originator:WRC
Organizations:University of KwaZuIu-Natal; University of Johannesburg
Document Size:5 062 KB
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