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Drinking Water: Research Results

Impact of STAR Drinking Water Research:
Since the1996 Amendments were passed, NCER has funded research grants to provide information across a range of drinking water priorities. STAR grants have been instrumental in understanding waterborne pathogens such as Cryptosporidium and Norwalk virus, disinfection byproducts (DBPs) and other harmful substances in drinking water. STARs drinking water program is working to identify and characterize the human populations that are most susceptible to contaminants in drinking water. In response to an emerging research area, STAR is now supporting research to evaluate the occurrence and effects of antibiotics, hormones and pharmaceuticals in water.

STAR research has helped to support regulatory and other activities to ensure safe drinking water. It has provided information to upgrade drinking water treatment approaches and improve our understanding of the risks posed by contaminants in drinking water. In the future, STARs drinking water research program will be used to improve both our understanding of the risks posed by microorganisms in source and drinking waters along with developing innovative tools and improved technologies to support decisions on formerly unregulated contaminants.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water - Disinfection Byproducts

Drinking Water - Microbial Pathogens

Microbial Risk in Drinking Water

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