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The SIPIBEL project: treatment of hospital and urban wastewater in a conventional urban wastewater treatment plant

Abstract

Hospital wastewater (HWW) receives increasing attention because of its specific composition and higher concentrations of some micropollutants. Better knowledge of HWW is needed in order to improve management strategies and to ensure the preservation of wastewater treatment efficiency and freshwater ecosystems. This context pushed forward the development of a pilot study site named Site Pilote de Bellecombe (SIPIBEL), which collects and treats HWW separately from urban wastewater, applying the same conventional treatment process. This particular configuration offers the opportunity for various scientific investigations. It enables to compare hospital and urban wastewater, the efficiency of the two parallel treatment lines, and the composition of the resulting hospital and urban treated effluents, as well as the evaluation of their effects on the environment. The study site takes into account environmental, economic, and social issues and promotes scientific and technical multidisciplinary actions.

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Abbreviations

AFFSET:

Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement et du travail-French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

ANSES:

Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail-French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Aquaref:

laboratoire national de référence pour la surveillance des milieux aquatiques-French reference laboratory for the monitoring of aquatic environments

ARS:

Agence Regionale Sante Rhone-alpes-Rhône Alpes Health agency

CHAL:

Centre Hospitalier Alpes Léman

CIPEL:

Commission internationale pour la protection des eaux du Léman-International Commission for the Protection of the water of the Geneva Lake

ENTPE:

Ecole National de Travaux Publics de l’Etat

EVS:

Environnement ville et Société-Environment, city and society

GRAIE:

Groupe de Recherche Rhône Alpes sur les Infrastructures et l’Eau-Rhône Alpes Research Group on Infrastructure and Water

HWW:

Hospital Wastewater

IC2MP:

Institut de Chimie des Milieux et des Matériaux de Poitiers

INRA UMR CARRTEL:

Centre Alpin de Recherche sur les Réseaux Trophiques et Ecosystèmes Limniques

INSA Lyon:

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon

ISA:

Institut des Sciences Analytiques-Institute of Analytical Sciences of Lyon

ONEMA:

office national eau milieu aquatiques-French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environment

PNRM:

Plan National sur les Résidus de Médicaments dans les eaux

SIG:

Services Industriels de Genève

SIPIBEL:

Site Pilote de Bellecombe

UWW:

Urban Wastewater

WWTP:

Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Acknowledgements

The SIPIBEL observatory partners are grateful to the following supporters and co-financing institutions: Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse Water Agency, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, European Union, Haute-Savoie Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Health Agency, French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environment (ONEMA), French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), French Ministry in charge of Environment and French Ministry in charge of Health.

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Chonova, T., Lecomte, V., Bertrand-Krajewski, J. et al. The SIPIBEL project: treatment of hospital and urban wastewater in a conventional urban wastewater treatment plant. Environ Sci Pollut Res 25, 9197–9206 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-9302-0

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Keywords

  • Hospital wastewater
  • Urban wastewater
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Observatory
  • Project management
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Activated sludge
  • Environmental risk assessment