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SIP Program: Are Pharmaceuticals & Household Chemicals in Your Water?

  • Water Bar & Public Studio 2516 Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN, 55418 United States (map)

We use many chemicals in our everyday lives. They go down the drain, exit wastewater treatment plants, and wind up in our rivers and lakes. This talk will explore what happens to these chemicals in the environment, and if they pose any risks to drinking water.


Bill Arnold is a researcher at the University of Minnesota whose work is focused on the fate of chemicals generated by human activity in natural and engineered systems. His goals are to be able to predict contaminant fate in natural aquatic systems and to design remediation technologies to treat contaminated waters. Current efforts include studying pharmaceuticals and personal care products, reactions that occur at mineral surfaces, investigating the fate of phytoestrogens, exploring the fate of pesticides in prairie wetland systems, and the development of reactive membranes.


All SIP Programs are free as a thank you to our SIP Fund supporters. Get a sneak peek at the kinds of art, culture, and environment programs that will be part of the new Water Bar & Public Studio before our doors open to the public. SIP Fund donations support the continued development of this project and space.