Recent researches show, how that aquatic environment, which is the source of drinking water, contains anthropogenic substances, until a few years ago, their presence was unknown and there are still considerable knowledge gaps. Emerging contaminants (EC), above all pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are not yet listed in drinking water guidelines because many were undetectable until recently. The development of laboratory methods and procedures and their economic feasibility bring a spectrum of new questions and challenges. An extremely varied range of substances appears in the hydrosphere of which the impact on the ecosystem, and consequently on human health in most cases is unknown. Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) represent a crucial yet manageable group, usually present in very low concentrations in the order of ng/l to ug/l. Their species composition is extremely diverse being mostly made up of different kinds of medicines that enter the sewer after leaving human body. The situation is even more complicated due to the formation of various decay products (metabolites) from primary contaminants. Hormones, contraceptives and even narcotics are also found in water. Livestock and fish farms are another source of pollution, where various products are commonly used for the treatment, prevention of diseases, or to achieve greater weight of animals. These substances are widespread in almost all industrialized and developed countries. The highest concentrations logically occur around large urban agglomerations and medical facilities. Because PPCPs spread primarily in surface water, there are becoming a cross-border European problems.
The main objective of boDEREC-CE project is the design of an integrated management of water works that guarantees increased quality of drinking water. boDEREC-CE delivers a varied range of outputs, based on the knowledge about behaviour of different types of PPCPs in different types of natural environment of CE countries. The first results inside boDEREC-CE projects will be presented, the test area intergranular urban aquifer Ljubljana polje will be highlighted.