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Drugs in wastewater contaminate drinking water
Both prescription and illegal drugs that are abused have been found in Canadian surface waters. (2015-07-20)
At least 13% of wastewater treated by Southern Ontario septic systems ends up in streams
The presence of artificial sweeteners has revealed that at least 13 percent of septic system wastewater from rural Southern Ontario homes eventually makes its way into local streams. (2020-02-06)
Wastewater treatment plants not responsible for spreading antimicrobial resistance
New research challenges the common perception that bacteria develop antimicrobial resistance in wastewater treatment plants. (2015-10-07)
Using wastewater to monitor COVID-19
A recent review paper from an international research group shows how wastewater could provide a useful tool for monitoring COVID-19 and highlights the further research needed to develop this as a viable method for tracking virus outbreaks. (2020-05-24)
Researchers identify a simple way to precipitate phosphorus from the wastewater of a pulp mill
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland have developed a simple method for reducing the amount of phosphorus in the wastewater of a pulp mill. (2012-11-21)
Worldwide success of Tyrolean wastewater treatment technology
A biological and energy-efficient process, developed and patented by the University of Innsbruck, converts nitrogen compounds in wastewater treatment facilities into harmless atmospheric nitrogen gas. (2016-05-27)
Wastewater research may help protect aquatic life
New wastewater system design guidelines developed at UBC can help municipal governments better protect aquatic life and save millions of dollars a year. (2016-11-21)
New methods for better purification of wastewater
Before wastewater reaches recipient waters, nutrients must be removed in order to avoid eutrophication and large algal blooms, which may result in serious damage to animal and plant life. (2012-03-05)
Too much technology may be killing beneficial bacteria
For years, scientists have known about silver's ability to kill harmful bacteria. (2008-04-29)
Silver nanoparticle concentration too low to be harmful in water supply, paper finds
Silver nanoparticles have a wide array of uses, one of which is to treat drinking water for harmful bacteria and viruses. (2016-10-13)
Waste not
The Aerated Non-Oily Wastewater Membrane Treatment System (AMTS) may be just the solution to the Navy's oldest problem. (1999-12-01)
Cranfield senses something in the water
Leading members of the water industry will meet at Cranfield, England to discuss the future of waste water treatment and the latest technologies. (2000-07-04)
'Bacterial shock' to recapture essential phosphate
Bacteria could be exploited to recapture dwindling phosphate reserves from wastewater according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week. (2012-03-26)
Wastewater injection is culprit for most quakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico
The deep injection of wastewater underground is responsible for the dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, according to a study to be published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2014-09-15)
Renewable energy obtained from wastewater
Researchers from the UAB Department of Chemical Engineering have devised an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen by using a wastewater treatment process. (2015-02-24)
Household sewage: Not waste, but a vast new energy resource
In a finding that gives new meaning to the adage, (2011-01-05)
Tracking wastewater's path to wells, groundwater
We often 'flush it and forget it' when it comes to waste from toilets and sinks. (2018-01-24)
Blending wastewater may help California cope with drought
Researchers at UC Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can create a water supply that benefits crops and is affordable. (2016-08-25)
Male trout are now real males again
The media has been telling us about feminised male fish for decades, but now researchers at SDU announce that this feminisation has completely disappeared in certain parts of Denmark. (2017-11-27)
Making stronger concrete with 'sewage-enhanced' steel slag
Researchers examined whether steel slag that had been used to treat wastewater could then be recycled as an aggregate material for concrete. (2020-04-06)
Purification and dilution reduce risk of fish being injured by hormone-disrupting compounds
Purification and dilution reduce risk of fish being injured by hormone-disrupting compounds. (2006-12-21)
Renewable hydrogen production becomes reality at winery
The first demonstration of a renewable method for hydrogen production from wastewater using a microbial electrolysis system is underway at the Napa Wine Company in Oakville. (2009-10-05)
Wastewater recycling can multiply greenhouse gas emissions
Despite evidence that some wastewater treatments multiply nitrous oxide emissions, researchers say planners need to look at the big picture. (2011-08-29)
Oil and gas wastewater as dust suppressant less than ideal
At the least, wastewater from oil and gas drilling should be treated in a waste treatment facility before it is used on dirt roads to suppress dust or deice roads. (2018-05-30)
'Fracking' wastewater that is treated for drinking produces potentially harmful compounds
Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' are contaminating drinking water abound. (2014-09-24)
Vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater expose consumers to drugs
A new study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center shows that eating vegetables and fruits grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposes consumers to minute quantities of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater effluents. (2016-04-18)
Flushing nitrogen from seawater-based toilets
With about half the world's population living close to the coast, using seawater to flush toilets could be possible with a salt-tolerant bacterium. (2020-02-03)
UC research: Rabbit's food brings luck in decreasing estrogen levels in wastewater
University of Cincinnati experiments published in the November issue of Environmental Pollution show that rabbit's food (comprised of organic vegetable matter) decreases estrogen levels in wastewater. (2010-11-01)
Manufacturing facilities release pharmaceuticals to the environment
Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals to surface waters, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey and the State of New York. (2010-06-04)
Manmade earthquakes in Oklahoma on the decline
Stanford scientists predict that over the next few years, the rate of induced earthquake in Oklahoma will decrease significantly, but the possibility for damaging earthquakes to occur will remain high. (2016-11-30)
Superbug MRSA identified in US wastewater treatment plants
A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the (2012-11-05)
Methane leaks from palm oil wastewater are a climate concern, CU-Boulder study says
In recent years, palm oil production has come under fire from environmentalists concerned about the deforestation of land in the tropics to make way for new palm plantations. (2014-02-27)
Rethinking induced seismicity
A survey of a major oil and natural gas-producing region in Western Canada suggests there may be a link between induced earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing, not just wastewater injection, according to a new report out this week in the journal Seismological Research Letters. (2016-03-30)
Finding out what's in 'fracking' wastewater
In early January, almost 3 million gallons of wastewater from a hydraulic fracturing operation in North Dakota spilled into nearby creeks. (2015-03-18)
Wastewater reveals the levels of antibiotic resistance in a region
A comparison of seven European countries shows that the amount of antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater reflects the prevalence of clinical antibiotic resistance in the region. (2019-03-27)
Pharmaceuticals in streams may come from multiple sources
Pharmaceuticals in surface water such as lakes and streams are a growing concern. (2016-06-08)
Experimental energy sustainable wastewater treatment plant constructed
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researchers and technicians at the company DAM will soon put into operation an experimental plant at the Rubí-Valldoreix wastewater treatment plant, with the objective of making the wastewater treatment process generate more energy than it consumes. (2016-07-07)
Wastewater could treat itself, power city
The energy stored in Toronto's municipal wastewater could be harnessed to run water treatment facilities and contribute power to the city grid, says new U of T research. (2004-09-20)
Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments
More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new Duke study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites. (2018-01-19)
New study finds that even the cleanest wastewater contributes to more 'super bacteria'
A new University of Minnesota study reveals that the release of treated municipal wastewater -- even wastewater treated by the highest-quality treatment technology -- can have a significant effect on the quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as (2011-11-14)
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