MEDUWA - Vecht(e)

MEDUWA - MEDicines Unwanted in Water 

Drugs in surface and ground water

With increasing access to healthcare all over the world, more and more drugs are prescribed. With increased prescription more drugs end up in the sewage system and eventually in the surface and ground water. This is also the case in the Netherlands. Examples of drugs that are found in wastewater are diabetes drugs, metformin, contraceptives (estradiol) and the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac.

MEDUWA (MEDicines Unwanted in Water) develops innovative solutions to avoid emissions of pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant microorganisms into soil, water, air, and food.

Detection and removal of diclofenac

With the addition of diclofenac to the watch list of substances to be monitored by all member states of the EU and the possibility of a restriction of the amount of diclofenac allowed in the effluent of wastewater treatment, it becomes more and more urgent to develop simple and cheap ways for detection and removal of diclofenac from wastewater.

New online inline water detection techniques

Saxion will focus on the development of new online inline detection techniques to monitor the concentration levels of different medicines which can be used to control and optimise the processing of removal technologies such as nanofiltration. Next, Saxion will also investigate the potential of nanofiltration to remove these micro-pollutants from surface water used for drinking water production and as final treatment of municipal wastewater prior to discharge meeting the strict EU regulations.

More information MEDUWA - Vecht(e) project

The project MEDUWA-Vecht(e) is supported by the INTERREG Va-Program Deutschland-Nederland 2014-2020 – Project Nr.: 142118

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