Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

Project Dates: 2015 to 2020


The ARC Discovery Project aims to improve estimates of population drug use and chemical exposure by systematically studying the fate of drugs, organic pollutants (e.g. pesticides) and human biomarkers in sewers. We will combine advanced experimental sewer research facilities with an outstanding analytical set-up and excellent modelling expertise to address critical gaps in our knowledge of the fate of chemicals in sewers. The information will be used to provide accurate, cost-effective and near real-time estimates of chemicals entering the sewer system that will allow us to better estimate changes in population drug use, chemical exposure and health status.


  • Jochen Mueller (Entox)
  • Phong Thai (Entox)
  • Jack Gao (Entox, PhD Student)