Further information on the reduction of micropollutants in wastewater

Here we provide links to relevant articles and offer summaries of studies on micropollutants and its reduction from wastewater. We also discuss solutions and issues such as cost of removing pharmaceutical residue. New content will be added every month. Please feel free to comment or provide more information in any discussion.

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Posted: May 10, 2016
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
As revealed by many studies conducted in both pilot and full-scale it is clear that ozone, being a powerful oxidant, not only removes organics and micropollutants in the wastewater but also reduces the toxicity significantly.
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Posted: Feb 7, 2016
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Human and veterinary antibiotics have been found widespread in different environmental compartments due to their persistence and low degradability. As a consequence, the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains is increasing in the environment.
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Posted: Jan 13, 2016
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey

Surface waters, such as rivers and lakes, receive large amounts of waste water from industrial, agricultural, and domestic sources as well as from municipal sewage treatment plants. These waters, which contain unidentified substances, are typically used as the source of drinking water. 

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Posted: Dec 20, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey

Ozone has been successfully applied in wastewater treatment plants. To know some stories, read the following newsletter articles:

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Posted: Dec 15, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
Micropollutants occur in the environment mainly due to wastewater treatment plant discharges. The following links of articles investigates the occurrence of micropollutants in WWTPs and the environmental risks associated with their exposure.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
The huge number of research reports addressing ecotoxicity and the potential threat associated with exposure to pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants has resulted in increased environmental concern and awareness worldwide.
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Posted: Oct 20, 2015
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Summarized by: Susanna Rehn Hedlund

When will we see legal limits to control pollution from drugs during their manufacture, use and disposal?

"The need for global action was recognized internationally for the first time last week at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, led by the United Nations Environment Programme. The move is a small but significant development" according to an article in nature.com
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Posted: Oct 19, 2015
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Summarized by: Susanna Rehn Hedlund

First installation in Sweden for removal of pharmaceutical residue at wastewater treatment plant chooses ozone oxidation as method.

http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/bioteknik_lakemedel/lakemedel/article3939570.ece

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Posted: Sep 15, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
The effective removal of unwanted chemicals in wastewater has been a challenge for many wastewater treatment plants due to inefficiency of biological treatment processes especially in cold climates like Sweden.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
Pharmaceuticals have been detected everywhere in the environment especially in surface waters. Exposure to elevated concentrations of these micropollutants has shown to cause harmful effects in the environment and the living organisms, as referred to in the following links.
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