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Microplastics in fresh surface water on the social agenda

Research into microplastics in purified wastewater in full swing

The research into microplastics in purified wastewater by drinking water company PWN, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier (HHNK), The Great Bubble Barrier and water research institute KWR is in full swing. The research, which takes place near the wastewater treatment plant helps to gain insight into microplastics in purified wastewater (effluent) in Wervershoof in North Holland, The Netherlands. With this experiment the united parties in the water consortium are taking their social responsibility.

Microplastics are getting more and more attention because they have a negative effect on the natural ecosystem. A bubble screen from The Great Bubble Barrier has been installed at the HHNK wastewater treatment plant and experimental measurements are currently taken on the flow of microplastics to surface water.

Focus research

Since June 1, the consortium has been investigating the amount, type and size distribution of microplastics in treated wastewater (effluent), the effect of a Bubble Barrier on microplastics with a size of 0.02 mm to 0.5 mm and the improvement and standardization of the measurement method for microplastics. Up to now, the experiment can determine that microplastics have been found in the effluent. Wastewater treatment plants, such as at HHNK, already capture a large part of microplastics in the existing treatment process. The consortium investigates which microplastic parts flow through and what a possible solution could be to reduce the outflow.

Onderzoek naar microplastics in gezuiverd afvalwater in volle gang

Het onderzoek naar microplastics in gezuiverd afvalwater door drinkwaterbedrijf PWN, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier (HHNK), The Great Bubble Barrier en wateronderzoeksinstituut KWR is in volle gang. Het onderzoek, dat plaatsvindt bij de rioolwaterzuivering in het Noord-Hollandse Werversh...

  • TKI Watertechnologie
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