MOST DRUG RESIDUES IN WASTEWATER COME FROM HOUSEHOLDS, NOT HOSPITALS
LÜNEBURG, Germany — A new study found that most drug residues in wastewater come from private households, rather than health establishments such as hospitals or nursing facilities, according to a press release.
In fact, these institutions only discharge a small amount of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) to wastewater, and only at a local level, noted the release.
Researchers in Germany focused on 50 frequently administered substances which are particularly associated with discharge to wastewater.
They quantified a selection of drugs in health care facility sewers to evaluate the correlation between consumption and emission, and modeled a prediction of contaminant emissions based on consumption patterns, stated the release. The results revealed a clearly higher average consumption, and therefore higher emissions, by private households than health care facilities.
According to the Leuphana University of Lüneburg
, this study demonstrates for the first time that, at a national level, nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals only account for a modest proportion of APIs discharged into municipal wastewater compared to private households. Previous studies had only shown this to be the case for general hospitals.
Mobile App Educates Homeowners About Drinking Water Quality
B.F. Environmental Consultants, an environmental consulting firm providing services throughout the Northeast, announced the launch of a new mobile app that will make it possible for homeowners to get answers about the quality of their drinking water. Brian Oram, a professional geologist and soil scientist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, developed this new diagnostic tool, called “Know Your H2O?”
“Consumers have fully embraced mobile technologies. If we want to help them, we’re going to have to make our information available to them through their iOS and Android devices,” Oram said. “This new app will put actionable information about water quality into the hands of homeowners all across the country. I’m very proud of this new product.”
Know Your H2O? relies heavily upon the online water quality resource the company has made available through the launch of its Water Research Center website.The first version of the software helps consumers diagnose potential water quality problems by exploring aesthetic problems, physical problems, health concerns or specific problems in their homes. The app is supported by additional content that is directly linked to the Water Research Center.
A Swimsuit that Cleans the Ocean!
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Engineers from theUniversity of California, Riverside
, won an international design competition for their contribution to a swimsuit that cleans water as a person swims, according to a press release.
The engineers created Sponge for the suit, a reusable material made from heated sucrose, a form of sugar, noted the release. Sponge is highly porous and super hydrophobic, meaning it repeals water in addition to absorbing harmful contaminants.
To see the entire press release: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/32330
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