Organic pollutants are another category of chemical characteristics that can be measured in water and include things like hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many types of pesticides.

Organic pollutants can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems and some types are persistent in the environment for a longtime. These are referred to as persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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Substances used to control organisms that are considered pests
A diverse group of organic compounds made up of hydrogen and carbon atoms
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
Human-made chemicals that are highly toxic and persistent in the environment
Dioxins and furans
A group of chemicals that are products of combustion, chlorine bleaching of pulp and paper, and the manufacture of other chemicals including pesticides
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCP)
Found in medicines, and health and cosmetics products