Modern techniques have made it possible to analyse water pollution more accurately, and have exposed the extent of low-level contamination. But, there are many causes of water pollution, including the surface water pollution caused by pharmaceutical and chemical sources.
Chemical and Pharmaceutical Waste
The endemic issue of pharmaceutical and other chemical waste, in waterways is finally making it onto the political agenda. Veterinary medications are usually found in the waters, the majority of which are antibiotics.
Our waterways contain a variety of contaminants that come from different places. EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) alter how the body's hormones function. They can enter natural rivers by factory effluent, land run-off, or excretion when wastewater is not properly treated. They are present in medications, industrial chemicals, pesticides, and plastics.
It is alarming to note that many compounds have been identified as having the potential, to cause endocrine disruption, with many of these chemicals being often found in readily available consumer goods.
Emergence of antimicrobial resistance
The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a sobering worry over the presence of drugs in the environment. AMR poses a grave threat to human health, and it is only getting worse.
490,000 persons worldwide developed multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in 2016, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and drug resistance is beginning to hinder efforts to combat HIV and malaria, as well.
It is commonly known that both human and livestock populations around the world, are using and abusing medications more often, notably antimicrobials. Drug-resistant bacterial strains have spread to drinking water, food sources, and the larger ecosystem, in combination with insufficient treatment and separation of wastewater streams, negatively harming both human health and the survival of other species.
How to prevent Surface water pollution from pharmaceutical?
Given the difficulties already encountered, it is essential to eliminate chemicals from all water sources that are used by people or animals, as well as from industrial effluent before it is released into the environment or sewage systems.
Industrial producers and water utilities can now install specialised packaged technologies, like Netsol’s wastewater treatment system on-site. The system process may be retrofitted into existing treatment trains to increase treatment efficacy, and stop resistant compounds from mixing and reacting with one another in final effluent or the environment, making the treatment procedure even more challenging.
Wastewater treatment methods from Netsol
Adsorption and electrochemical oxidation are both handled by our WWTPs in a single, scalable device that is simple to use and can be monitored remotely, for total peace of mind. Using a modest electrical current proportional to the load of impurities, the method simultaneously localises and mineralizes organic contaminants into H2O, H2, and CO2.
Our system has a self-regenerating media, does not require chemical dosing, and does not produce sludge. In comparison to hauling, incineration, or landfilling secondary wastes, this results in a sustainable, low-maintenance business with significantly lower on-going costs.Our method can effectively remove a variety of micropollutants, frequently to levels below detection.
Are you still not sure how our water and wastewater treatment plants are the best solution, for your wastewater treatment needs?
The first step is to determine the quality of water you have and the water you require. To assist you with this procedure, we provide a free water analysis test, and the most advanced treatment systems for removing pharmaceuticals from wastewater.