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Progress in hunt for unknown compounds in drinking water

An unknown number of byproducts are formed in the drinking water treatment process, and scientists don't know what many of them are. However, using advanced technology, researchers at Linköping University have been able to detect new compounds, and report that every water treatment plant has a unique combination.  Swedish water treatment plants work hard to ensure the high quality of drinking water. In order to prevent the spread of diseases, the plants must chlorinate the water. But chlorination can lead to the formation of byproducts that can be hazardous to health.  Normally, tests are conducted for a small number of known by-products in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (such as chloroform), which are regulated by the Swedish National Food Agency. Now, a collaboration between researchers at Linköping University (LiU) and various water treatment plants has resulted in new advances in the hunt for by-products in drinking water.  Read more....

 

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