Uncovering - and Cleaning Up - Toxins at Drinking Water Plants with Support from Ohio Sea Grant
Research to protect our water supply continues at Kent State University in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaozhen Mou, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.
Cleaning Up Toxins from Algal Blooms
The grant is entitled “Removing cyanotoxins in drinking water plants: best strategy when saxitoxin and anatoxin-a present alone or with microcystins” and provides $127,770 over two years.
Detecting Chemicals Traced to Home Use
Meanwhile, Dr. Mou continues to look for another group of chemicals in our drinking water: the kind that we make and use ourselves. More specifically, she is measuring levels of pharmaceutical and personal care compounds at drinking water plants, and finding that many chemicals can persist through the treatment process. This includes compounds used as antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, anti-inflammatories, insect repellants, and hormones.
This research was also funded by Ohio Sea Grant, and is done in collaboration with Dr. Laura Leff, Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences. Read a full article on this research here.