Partners to introduce endocrine disruptorsdetection
A testing process to detect the presence of endocrine disruptors in wastewater treatment plants is being industrialised by Veolia Environnement and WatchFrog, a spin-off of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.
WatchFrog has developed smart biosensors to rapidly assess the quality of the water that leaves wastewater treatment plants and its impact on biodiversity.
In partnership with Veolia, the company has produced a tool to identify the presence of endocrinedisrupters (such as thyroid, estrogen and adrenocorticotropic hormones) in wastewater through the fluorescence of parts of fish larvae or tadpoles. Thanks to this tool, frog larvae fluoresce when they are disturbed by these pollutants − the greater the disturbance, the brighter the fluorescence.
Pending the implementation of new EU legislation related to endocrine disruptors, the partnership aims to develop the production and commercialisation of this measurement tool.
Veolia said it has existing proprietary tertiary wastewater treatment technologies, including ActifloCarb, that remove emerging micro-pollutants such as endocrine disruptors. The information provided by this testing process will allow fine-tuning of the ActifloCarb wastewater treatment process.
- 'Exemplary standards' earn NWL its second Queen's Award Northumbrian Water Ltd (NWL) has received its second Queen's Award for Enterprise "for upholding exemplary standards... Read More >
- Southern Water refurbishes reed beds at WwTWs Reed beds at Southern Water's at Godshill Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW), on the Isle of Wight, and at Ulcombe WwTW... Read More >
- Northumbrian Water spends £3M on STW upgrades Northumbrian Water has announced a £3M investment programme to modernise New Moors sewage treatment works (STW) and Esh... Read More >
- Bringing historic Vartry up to date Veolia gets contract for new water treatment plant as Irish Water gives celebrated Vartry supply scheme first major... Read More >
- Jersey's shining sludge plant sets new standards When Jersey's Department for Infrastructure and Doosan Enpure had to replace Bellozanne sewage treatment works, they... Read More >
- Getting to Grips with… biological odour control Biological products represent an alternative solution to tackle odour issues in the wastewater and water treatment... Read More >
- Real-time data enables spot-on coagulant dosing The recent Water Industry Awards saw Severn Trent and Malvern Panalytical recognised for the development of the Online... Read More >
- Opinion: Phosphorus just one of the problem pollutants Phosphorus may be front of mind for wastewater treatment in the UK at the moment, but this emphasis should not mean that... Read More >