Medicinal residues from antibiotics, birth control pills or antidepressants in the wastewater harm nature and life in it.
It shows a new report, writes JydskeVestkysten.
The report comes from Danva, the industry association for water companies, and the consulting company Cowi.
Henrik Rasmus Andersen, professor at the Technical University of Denmark, states that we in Denmark have concentrated on treating wastewater from hospitals.
– But the problem is that most patients take the medicine at home. Thus, only about four to six percent of the discharge of drug residues in wastewater originates from the hospitals, he tells the media.
Danva believes that a national list of medicines should be made, which the authorities should keep an eye on.
The water companies fear that this may end up being a matter of priority in the individual municipalities, where some will purify the water of medicine residues and others will not.
It ultimately harms nature and the animals in it, the report said.
For example, endocrine disruptors from birth control pills can affect male fish to change sex characteristics and affect their ability to reproduce
In addition, antibiotics are toxic to algae, writes JydskeVestkysten.
Source: The Nordic Page