5-year anniversary of micropollutants competence centres


The competence centres have concluded that the ‘5-year anniversary of the micropollutants competence centres’ event, which was held in Friedrichshafen on 28 and 29 June 2017, has struck a significant chord. 170 participants attended the expert and technology symposium, which discussed the elimination of micropollutants from municipal wastewater.

5-year anniversary of micropollutants competence centres


The competence centres have concluded that the ‘5-year anniversary of the micropollutants competence centres’ event, which was held in Friedrichshafen on 28 and 29 June 2017, has struck a significant chord. 170 participants attended the expert and technology symposium, which discussed the elimination of micropollutants from municipal wastewater.

Welcome to Kompetenzzentrum Spurenstoffe Baden-Württemberg

For around a decade, the topic of micropollutants has been intensively discussed in the wastewater sector both on a national and international level. There is no mistaking that wastewater treatment plants are regarded as primarily responsible for emitting these substances into water bodies.

Our wastewater is loaded by a multitude of synthetic residues – from pharmaceutical products, household chemicals and cosmetic care products, dietary supplements and others. Thanks to further developed analytical methods these micro-pollutants can always capable of being distinguished. Using the normal technical wastewater treatment processes many substances cannot be deliberately removed, and often only to a small extent, and thus they get into the environment. There, they are degraded only very slowly or not all. The effects of such trace elements and the therefrom resultant interactions on ecosystems and organisms are currently not foreseeable. Therefore, along with awareness training in the community for this topic, the removal of trace elements from wastewater, building on the precautionary ideas, is accorded a decisive significance.

In Baden-Württemberg, on the basis of findings from investigations on a semi-industrial scale, so far several wastewater treatment plants have been retrofitted with an additional treatment stage for the removal of trace elements. Here, to date, for the removal of the micro-pollutants, activated carbon processes have been employed which, currently, along with ozoning, are seen as suitable processes for the removal of trace elements from wastewater. Concomitant to the first expansions of the wastewater treatment plants and for the support of the operators, the Competence Centre Trace Elements – KomS- Baden-Württemberg was set up in April 2012.

The KomS is a cooperation between three independent partners: The University of Stuttgart and the Biberach University bring their scientific competence and technical knowledge into the further development of the process technology as well as into the documentation and assessment of measured results. The DWA Regional Association Baden-Württemberg (DWA-BW) takes on the wide spectrum of communication, specialist events and excursions as well as advanced training within the neighbourhood.

DWA Landesverband Baden-Württemberg
Rennstraße 8 | 70499 Stuttgart | Phone: 0711 89 66 31-0 | E-Mail:
info(at)dwa-bw.de


© Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e. V. // (DWA)

DWA Landesverband
Baden-Württemberg

Rennstraße 8 | 70499 Stuttgart
Phone: 0711 89 66 31-0
E-Mail:
info(at)dwa-bw.de



© Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e. V. // (DWA)