Occurrence of antidepressants – from wastewater to drinking water

Mariusz Rejment,

Wojciech Balcerzak


The article’s subject is the presence of antidepressants in the wastewater and aquatic environment. The basic characteristics of selected antidepressants were presented. A review of the literature on the occurrence of these compounds in sewage influents and effluents, surface waters and sludge was made. As a general rule, drinking water should be free of any organic, especially pharmaceutical, contaminants. But according to data, the presence of antidepressants in source water for water purification plants poses a threat to their penetration to the water supply system and, eventually, to consumers of water intended for human consumption.

Słowa kluczowe: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRI, wastewater, surface water, drinking water, sewage sludge