FAQs on micropollutants in natural waters
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.