Eawag , the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, acts as a project partner in the PILLS project. In a Swiss project entitled `Input and Elimination of Pharmaceuticals from Hospital Wastewater´ ( more info ) the significance of hospitals as point sources for pharmaceuticals and possible technologies to treat hospital wastewater are evaluated to reduce the input of pharmaceuticals into ambient water. Therefore, a pilot plant is installed in a Swiss hospital and is studied in terms of feasibility, efficiency, technical and economical factors.

The cost for the installation and investigation of the Swiss pilot plant and the analysis of pharmaceuticals and antibiotic resistant bacteria will be covered by funds independent of PILLS (funding from the State Secretariat for Education and Research SER/COST within the COST Action 636, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, the Cantons Bern, Basel District, Geneva, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Schwyz, Thurgau, Vaud and Zurich, and Eawag). However, Eawag will share their knowledge on hospital wastewater treatment with the partners of PILLS, assessing their treatment technologies and compare them to the technologies investigated within the consortium. Building on this knowledge, a decision basis will be developed to formulate a strategy concerning the emission of pharmaceuticals from hospitals and to optimize the setup for full-scale treatment of hospital wastewater.

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