Pesticides in Drinking Water—A Review

Pesticides in Drinking Water—A Review

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Syafrudin, Muhammad; Kristanti, Risky Ayu; Yuniarto, Adhi; Hadibarata, Tony; Rhee, Jongtae; Al-onazi, Wedad A.; Algarni, Tahani Saad; Almarri, Abdulhadi H.; Al-Mohaimeed, Amal M.
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Journal Article
Increased global pesticide use threatens aquatic environments and human health. Pesticides degrade water quality, entering via agricultural runoff and industrial waste. While traditional treatments can be expensive and polluting, Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) show promise in addressing water pollutants, including pesticides. This review explores these challenges and solutions.
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The ubiquitous problem of pesticide in aquatic environment are receiving worldwide concern as pesticide tends to accumulate in the body of the aquatic organism and sediment soil, posing health risks to the human. Many pesticide formulations had introduced due to the rapid growth in the global pesticide market result from the wide use of pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. The occurrence of pesticides in the water body is derived by the runoff from the agricultural field and industrial wastewater. Soluble pesticides were carried away by water molecules especially during the precipitation event by percolating downward into the soil layers and eventually reach surface waters and groundwater. Consequently, it degrades water quality and reduces the supply of clean water for potable water. Long-time exposure to the low concentration of pesticides had resulted in non-carcinogenic health risks. The conventional method of pesticide treatment processes encompasses coagulation-flocculation, adsorption, filtration and sedimentation, which rely on the phase transfer of pollutants. Those methods are often incurred with a relatively high operational cost and may cause secondary pollution such as sludge formation. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are recognized as clean technologies for the treatment of water containing recalcitrant and bio-refractory pollutants such as pesticides. It has been adopted as recent water purification technology because of the thermodynamic viability and broad spectrum of applicability. This work provides a comprehensive review for occurrence of pesticide in the drinking water and its possible treatment.

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Journal Article

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Syafrudin, Muhammad; Kristanti, Risky Ayu; Yuniarto, Adhi; Hadibarata, Tony; Rhee, Jongtae; Al-onazi, Wedad A.; Algarni, Tahani Saad; Almarri, Abdulhadi H.; Al-Mohaimeed, Amal M.



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India, Malaysia, Japan, China

University Affiliation

Dongguk University, Universitas Pertahanan,Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, Curtin University Malaysia, King Saud University, Tabuk University

Business Connect Takeaways

Poor drinking water quality can have negative health impacts: The article notes that exposure to contaminants in drinking water can lead to a range of negative health impacts, including gastrointestinal illness, liver and kidney damage, and cancer.
Water treatment can improve drinking water quality: The article explains that treatment technologies such as coagulation, sedimentation, and disinfection can be effective in removing contaminants from drinking water. The article notes that it is important to properly maintain and monitor treatment systems to ensure that they are functioning effectively.
Education and outreach are important for promoting safe drinking water practices: The article emphasizes the importance of education and outreach programs to promote safe drinking water practices, such as proper storage and handling of water, and to raise awareness about the potential health risks associated with contaminated drinking water. The article notes that community engagement and participation are key to the success of these programs.

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