Solution-based micropollutant removal
The load of different pollutants to the Baltic Sea is a problem we need to solve. In addition to the nutrient load, organic micropollutants, toxic metals and micro litter cause negative environmental effects in the water environment. Treatment processes must tackle these emerging pollutants as well. Development of the solutions must consider the circular economy of wastewater and the overall sustainability of the added treatment processes. To ensure the applicability of new processes the development work must be done in collaboration with water utilities building on the knowledge of the existing systems. Often processes can be optimized to remove also pollutants that were not in the focus originally.
This project assesses the risks related to antibiotic resistance in wastewater treatment processes. A special focus is on the wastewater sludge and the solutions to control the risk. The research outcomes will contribute to the safe recycling of the resources present in wastewaters.