Investigation of estrogen activity in the raw and treated waters of riverbank infiltration using a yeast estrogen screen and chemical analysis

J. Plutzer, Dóra Keresztes, Zsófia Sári, Ildikó Kiss-Szarvák, Márta Vargha, Péter Avar, Gábor Maász, Zsolt Pirger, Péter Avar

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Abstract

Exposure to various endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can lead to adverse effects on reproductive physiology and behavior in both animals and humans. An adequate strategy for the prevention of environmental contamination and eliminating the effects of them must be established. Chemicals with estrogenic activity were selected, and the effectiveness of their removal during the purification processes in two drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) using riverbank infiltrated water was determined. Thirty-five water samples in two sampling campaigns throughout different seasons were collected and screened with a yeast estrogen test; furthermore, bisphenol A (BPA), 17ß-estradiol (E2) and ethinyl-estradiol (EE2) content were measured using high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). Our results confirm that estrogenic compounds are present in sewage effluents and raw surface river water of DWTPs. Very low estrogen activity and pg/ L concentrations of BPA and E2 were detected during drinking water processing and occasionally in drinking water. Based on this study, applied riverbank filtration and water treatment procedures do not seem to be suitable for the total removal of estrogenic chemicals. Local contamination could play an important role in increasing the BPA content of the drinking water at the consumer endpoint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-645
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Water and Health
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2018

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Drinking Water
chemical analysis
yeast
Estrogens
infiltration
Yeasts
drinking water
Water Purification
Water
estrogenic compound
water
purification
physiology
river water
liquid chromatography
water treatment
sewage
Endocrine Disruptors
Reproductive Behavior
mass spectrometry

Keywords

  • 17ß-estradiol
  • Bisphenol A
  • Drinking water
  • Ethinyl-estradiol
  • Riverbank infiltration
  • Yeast estrogen test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Investigation of estrogen activity in the raw and treated waters of riverbank infiltration using a yeast estrogen screen and chemical analysis. / Plutzer, J.; Keresztes, Dóra; Sári, Zsófia; Kiss-Szarvák, Ildikó; Vargha, Márta; Avar, Péter; Maász, Gábor; Pirger, Zsolt; Avar, Péter.

In: Journal of Water and Health, Vol. 16, No. 4, 01.08.2018, p. 635-645.

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Plutzer, J. ; Keresztes, Dóra ; Sári, Zsófia ; Kiss-Szarvák, Ildikó ; Vargha, Márta ; Avar, Péter ; Maász, Gábor ; Pirger, Zsolt ; Avar, Péter. / Investigation of estrogen activity in the raw and treated waters of riverbank infiltration using a yeast estrogen screen and chemical analysis. In: Journal of Water and Health. 2018 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 635-645.
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