Modern science has produced new products and medicines that have improved quality of life; however, their production, use, and disposal have resulted in the presence of low levels of microconstituents in the environment. Microconstituents are miniscule particles of natural and manmade substances, such as pharmaceutical and personal care products, pesticides, and industrial chemicals, which have been detected within water and the environment.
- Water Environment Research Foundation’s (WERF’s) new research assessments regarding the health risks that may be associated with trace organics (microconstituents). In partnership with the Global Water Research Coalition, nine studies from around the globe were utilized for this effort. Each of the nine studies is a compilation and evaluation of many other health effects studies making it safe to say that literally hundreds of independent research studies were used to reach the conclusions.
Opportunities for Involvement
- WEF Microconstituents Communications List-serv
Linda Kelly, WEF staff liaison
- Press Inquiries
Lori Harrison, Public Information Director