PILLS meeting in Zwolle (NL) from May 9th until May 11th, 2011
From May 9th until May 11th the partners met for the sixth Working Group meeting in Zwolle, The Netherlands. The meeting was combined with a Dutch conference on `Medicijnresten in ziekenhuisafvalwater´ (pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater), organized by the Dutch partner Waterschap Groot Salland. Here, also the PILLS partners from Switzerland and Luxembourg spoke about their experiences on treating pharmaceutical residues in wastewater.
On Monday, May 9th, 2011 the Dutch conference took place before the PILLS meeting. For the - mostly Dutch - audience it was not only interesting to get information about the Dutch national strategy to deal with pharmaceutical residues in wastewater but also to hear something about the experiences the Dutch, Swiss and Luxembourgish´ PILLS-colleagues made with their pilot plants for treating pharmaceutical residues.
The next two days were in the focus of the PILLS ongoing work. The Luxembourgish PILLS team reported about their (first) experiences with the UV purification, which was tested very recently. In Germany the pilot plant is in test operation since April 2011, but at this stage no purification results can be shown as the serious test series will start from June on. The Dutch treatment plant is running since November last year and testing the wastewater treatment with activated carbon, ozone and UV/H2O2. Of course the PILLS partners used the opportunity to visit the Dutch pilot plant getting all technical details explained by the Dutch project manager Herman Evenblij.