PILLS pilot plant for pharmaceutical residues opened in the Netherlands on November 2nd, 2010

    On Tuesday the 2nd of November the PILLS pilot plant of the Dutch partner Waterschap Groot Salland officially opened. For Jan Oggel, board member of the Waterschap Groot Salland, it was a pleasure to give the starting signal - especially because all Dutch project partners were attendant at this event. With this pilot plant, the Waterschap Groot Salland owns the biggest wastewater treatment pant for pharmaceutical residues in the Netherlands and together with Germany - after their pilot plant will be completed - the biggest ones in Europe.

    In Zwolle (NL), at the head office of the water board, the innovative pilot plant was built in the last few months. It is specialised in eliminating pharmaceutical residues from the wastewater.Therefore the water board works, amongst others, together with the hospital `Isala klinieken┬┤ in Zwolle. The partners now start with their scientific work. In the year 2011, first results are expected.


    Socialpolitical perspective

    The waterboard as well as the Isala kliniken have a social point of view when working together on the reduction of pharmaceutical residues from wastewater. These residues reach the wastewater by the urine and the defecation of the patients. Scientists have lately shown, that these residues are difficult to eliminate in conventional wastewater treatment plants and this leads to the fact that the residues reach the aquatic system. Here, they have effects on the quality of the water habitat. The water board assesses now, which water treatment techniques are best suited to eliminate these residues. In this context they implement for example the treatment with ozone and hydrogen peroxide in combination with UV-light.



    The Waterschap Groot Salland is the initiator of the Dutch sub-project. With the Isala Kliniken they found the perfect cooperation partner. The hospital will be rebuilt within the next years - great conditions for the integration of the pilot plant. But also other partners are integrated into the project: the municipal of Zwolle, Vitens (drinking water company), Stowa (Dutch foundation for water management), and RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).

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