Microplastics in Water and Wastewater - 2nd Edition

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Publication Date: 15/11/2020

Pages: 300

Binding: Paperback

ISBN13: 9781789061680

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The second edition of the book has been revised with a comprehensive study guide. The guide provides for each chapter the following sections: Aim, Expected results, Key concepts, Study plan, Additional Bibliography, Self-Assessment exercises and activities. Indicative answers and responses are placed at the end of the study guide.

The book covers in detail the topic of microplastics in water and wastewater.  There is a growing interest of the scientific community on microplastics. Most of the studies identified the problems due to microplastics in the marine environment.  However, considering that most microplastics are produced on land, similar problems should be encountered in freshwater systems and wastewater treatment plants that at the same time are the sources of marine microplastics.  The human water cycle and points where the microplastics could interact with water will be presented as the introductory chapter. The subsequent chapters will examine evidence of the microplastics presence in freshwater such as both rivers and lakes and also, hazardous chemicals associated with microplastics in such systems.  The following chapters will discuss the presence of microplastics in wastewater, their sources, their transfer through a wastewater treatment plant, their concentration in effluents throughout the world, and their distribution and effects on the surrounding environment of effluent wastewater pipes.  Further chapters will discuss the sampling methods, the sample treatment and analysis techniques used so far for identifying microplastics in wastewater.  Additionally, the presence of microplastics in sewage sludge and in soils irrigated with wastewater or fertilized with sludge, as well as the possible effects on plants and human health will be discussed.  A concluding chapter will discuss the necessity for plastics strategies.

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