Texas Tech Law Center Studies Solutions for Pharmaceutical Contamination
March 31, 2008
In the midst of recent news that drinking water across the nation is riddled with
traces of pharmaceuticals and other unsavory micro-pollutants, the Texas Tech University
School of Law’s Center for Water Law and Policy is already helping to find solutions
to the problem.
The center is using a $450,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to
research the long-term environmental impact of micro-pollutants, such as pharmaceuticals
and personal care products, and formulate remedial strategies.
Information gathered from this study will be used to create a clearinghouse of information
that can help scientists and lawmakers more effectively develop water law and policy.
The study focuses on a wastewater land application site used by the City of Lubbock
for more than 70 years. Gabriel Eckstein, law professor and director of the center,
noted that this site is an ideal location for studying the long-term impact of pharmaceuticals
and personal care products.
Researchers hope to get a better understanding of how micro-pollutants behave and
what happens to them once they are introduced to an environment.
Eckstein is an internationally recognized expert in water law who has worked directly
with the United Nations and other world bodies on water-related issues and laws. The
center was founded in 2005 in response to the growing need for research into and information
about global water issues. The center focuses on addressing, analyzing and evaluating
the many issues surrounding water availability and utilization, and then developing
laws and regulations to support best practices in water conservation and management.
The center is part of Texas Tech’s Interdisciplinary Water Initiative. It is the only
educational institution within a law school in the United States dedicated to the
study, teaching and development of water law policy, with focus on legal and associated
policy issues related to the use, allocation, management, regulation and protection
of fresh water resources at all levels of civil society.
CONTACT: Gabriel Eckstein, director, Center for Water Law and Policy & George W. McCleskey
Professor of Water Law, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 x. 260 or email@example.com