Soil Could Filter Antibiotics from Effluent, Says Study

Soil Could Filter Antibiotics from Effluent, Says Study

Penn State's Living Filter is a 50-year-old wastewater reuse system that spray-irrigates treated effluent from the University Park campus' wastewater treatment plant on 600 acres of farm and forest. Unique in the eastern United States, the facility provides opportunities for researchers to conduct a wide range of water-quality experiments. (Photo Courtesy of Penn State)

Soil may be a natural filter that can act as a tertiary treatment for wastewater, preventing antibiotics from contaminating groundwater, according to researchers who conducted a study at Penn State’s Living Filter.

Researchers analyzed the fate and transport of three antibiotics...

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