Water clinic in Winterswijk purified to medicine residues to keep

Rhine and IJssel water board is wastewater from the regional Hospital Queen Beatrix in Winterswijk, quite literally, for the door of the clinic and purifying. This ‘pretreatment’ to ensure that there are no medicine residues in the surface water environment.

The national pilot project starts next week.

Mainly due to aging, there are more and more drugs are being used. The remnants of that come through a toilet visit in the sewer. A regular sewage treatment removes such residues are not completely, so that the medications ultimately pollute bodies of water.

According to the shelf is the concentration of medicijnenresten in water about fifteen years by 35 percent if nothing is done.

Project a of trials to medicijnvervuiling to go

The ministry of Infrastructure and public Works, searching for solutions, of which the pilot in Winterswijk there is one could be. Other water boards are also working on new techniques to the medicijnvervuiling to address.

The hospital is a container, in which waste water with ozone and uv-technology is treated. That should take care of the breakdown of medicine residues, röntgenvloeistoffen and bacteria. Then comes the waste water pass to the sewer. Testing with the mobile purification have been successful, says the water board.

It is intended that the entire healthcare sector on the long term similar zuiveringscontainers can use.

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