Treatment of hospital waste water / black water of households

Heat recovery from sewers
Hospital waste waters are still often disposed into the normal sewage system. An emerging number of publications point out their possible role as a source for antibiotic resistant bacteria which might pose a threat to human health. Those resistant organisms can share their antibiotic resistance genes with environmental organisms and participate in the spread of diseases which become more difficult to treat if the antibiotics at hand do not work properly anymore.

Within the PILLS-project (see the removal of pharmaceuticals from hospital waste water has been investigated. Although the subject of antibiotic resistance has been shortly addressed in the PILLS project, the main focus was the removal of pharmaceuticals. Within the Denewa project antibiotic resistence is the main topic.

The technologies will be tested at the demonstration site at the hospital of Sneek.

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