Onsite Monitoring and Removal of Pharmaceuticals, Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes (ARG, AMR) at Source

  11 June 2023

After being discharged to the sewage network, pharmaceutical products find their way to the environment mainly through the discharges from wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). It is estimated that emissions of antibiotics from healthcare institutions on the total antibiotics load of municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can be up to 40%. There is a growing awareness in the healthcare sector of the urgency to take effective measures to reduce AMR by removing the antibiotics, resistant microorganisms, and their genes directly at the source through decentralized treatment.

In this project, different stakeholders are joining forces to develop compact technological solutions for the decentralized treatment of wastewater from healthcare institutions. We aim to develop sustainable and cost-effective solutions by adapting, further developing, and combining state-the-art water treatment and monitoring technologies. A standardized and uniform approach will be created and used as a reference to evaluate the performance of various technologies applicable to large and small healthcare institutions. Water treatment technologies will be adapted to remove pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, as well as antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms, and genes. This project intends to demonstrate feasible solutions for limiting the spread of AMR and to create a framework with guidelines for the early detection and removal of pharmaceuticals and AMR.

Author(s): Tania Mubita Zambrano
Clean Environment  


Unrestricted financial support by:


Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition

Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre



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