Pharmaceutical residue is creating new challenges in wastewater treatment - Primozone is launching knowledge-site

Posted: Monday 20th July 2015

Pharmaceutical residue and other micropollutants are creating new challenges in wastewater treatment and the prevalence of this residue in our waters is an environmental problem of emerging concern. Primozone has been working intensively with reduction of micropollutants in wastewater during the last year and has identified a need for increasing the knowledge about the problem and the available solutions.

Micropollutants refer to substances like pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), hormones, pesticides and industrial chemicals. Residue from these can be found in water bodies everywhere. The problem is that micropollutants are persistent and bio-active. This means that they are not completely biodegradable and cannot be removed with conventional wastewater treatment technologies. But there are many different water treatment solutions available

“There are many parties involved when deciding upon implementation of new technologies in wastewater treatment”, says Anders Schening, CEO at Primozone. “Legislative bodies as well as municipalities and water treatment professionals’ needs to have relevant information to support decision making”.

That's why we are launchingwww.micropollutants.com

To help out in the process of gathering relevant information and to support decision making, Primozone is launching a knowledge-site that covers the issue of reduction of micropollutants in wastewater.

The site has a general part covering the main problem and different treatment technologies. But also a part that is intended to help water professionals in decision-making.

“The article part of the site is a pure service to water treatment professionals, helping them find relevant information on treatment technologies in one place” says Mr Schening. “Many studies have been conducted on the issue and scanning the internet for facts is a time consuming process; our aim is to provide reviews and links to the most recent studies”.

Primozone is working with water treatment with ozone technology. In 2014 Primozone received funding to build a mobile pilot scale ozone system for removal of pharmaceutical residue. The aim was to be able to prove the concept on existing waste water treatment plants and to test and confirm the system design on different water flows and environmental conditions. The pilot system was installed at 10 different water treatment plants and the results will be published later on this year. Read more about the project here.




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