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FAQs on micropollutants in natural waters

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Micropollutants and their transformation products are being increasingly detected in Swiss waters. This is attributable partly to ever more powerful analytical methods, but also to a steady rise in the use of man-made substances. Public awareness of this issue has been heightened in particular by the findings of research on endocrine disruptors – e.g. the feminization of male fish due to estrogens in water. As Europe's 'water tower', Switzerland has a special responsibility towards its neighbours. It is therefore rightly one of the leading countries involved in studies of aquatic micropollutants.

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