Articles | Volume 59
03 Jan 2023
 | 03 Jan 2023

Sources of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Groundwater of Barcelona Urban Area

Diego Schmidlin, Laura Scheiber, Marc Teixidó, Enric Vázquez, Rotman Criollo, Anna Jurado, Diana Puigserver, Silvia Burdons, and Mónica Enrich

Related authors

Contaminants in Urban Stormwater: Barcelona case study
Marc Teixidó, Diego Schmidlin, Jiaqi Xu, Laura Scheiber, Maria José Chesa, and Enric Vázquez-Suñé
Adv. Geosci., 59, 69–76,,, 2023
Short summary

Cited articles

Barbieri, M., Carrera, J., Sanchez-Vila, X., Ayora, C., Cama, J., Köck-Schulmeyer, M., López de Alda, M., Barceló, D., Tobella Brunet, J., and Hernández García, M.: Microcosm experiments to control anaerobic redox conditions when studying the fate of organic micropollutants in aquifer material, J. Contam. Hydrol., 126, 330–345,, 2011. 
Carrera, J.: Observación y medida de la recarga (descarga) a partir de aguas superficiales y conducciones, transferencias y fugas, in: La evaluación de la recarga a los acuíferos en la planificación hidrológica, 1997, pp. 229–246, ISBN 84-7840-292-6, 1997. 
García-Gil, A., Garrido Schneider, E., Mejías, M., Barceló, D., Vázquez-Suñé, E., and Díaz-Cruz, S.: Occurrence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the urban aquifer of Zaragoza (Spain) and its relationship with intensive shallow geothermal energy exploitation, J. Hydrol., 566, 629–642,, 2018. 
Howard, K. and Israfilov, R.: Current Problems of Hydrogeology in Urban Areas, Urban Agglomerates and Industrial Centres, NATO Science Series: IV, Springer Dordrecht,, 2002. 
Jurado, A.: Occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants in urban groundwater. A case study: Barcelona, PhD Thesis, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2013. 
Short summary
The demand of water for human consumption in urban areas is crucial where groundwater must be consider a useful resource, but commonly in these context due to anthropic activities these water are highly contaminated. Among these contaminants of special interest are the contaminants of emerging concern which present a high risk to the aquatic environment and human health. We found and study a series of these compounds in Barcelona’s groundwaters and identify some possible origins/sources of them.