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Chemical and Microbial Risk Research

pipe flowing dirty water into a water resource

Protection of aquatic systems, for use as ecological entities and as sources of water for drinking and recreational uses, is compromised by shortcomings in our abilities to adequately determine and reduce the full range of risks posed by waterborne contaminants, including chemicals and microbial pathogens.

EPA research increases our understanding of water contaminants in order to promote safe recreational waters, maintain healthy water resources and ecosystems, and prepare for potential terrorist threats to the Nation’s water sources. Research is underway to better understand individual water contaminants as well as groups of contaminants in order to minimize human health risk and to identify effective treatment approaches.

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