Medicine Unwanted in Water (MEDUWA)

Leading organisations:
University of Osnabrück, AVIV BV, Europe Ayurveda Centrum, InProSens, Novaris Orbit Technology, Smart Hydrology, NX Filtration BV, Tournotes Dynamic Innovations BV, Vital Fluid, Radboud University, Saxon University of Applied Sciences, Wetsus, The Integrated Assessment Society, University of Münster Institute for Hygiene, University Medical Center Münster Institute for Medical Microbiology, Twente Water Management, Stichting Huize Aarde, Noldus Information Technology BV, DEMCON Advanced Mechatronics, Ubisense GmbH, AMRIF BV, Alloksys Life Sciences BV, Aix Scientifics, Microganic GmbH, Geoplex GIS GmbH, WEIL Wasseraufbereitung GmbH, and Waterschap Zuiderzeeland


Geographic Area:
Western Europe


To develop products and services concerning the emissions of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria in soil, food, water and air, and, at the same, supports the regional economy. The project focuses on the cross-border catchment of the Vechte River as a case study and aims at increasing cross-border innovation in the program area.

Target audience:
National/Local decision and policy makers, Staff of wastewater treatment plants, Waste/water treatment providers, and Water/waste service providers

Area of interest:
Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Pharmaceutical consumption by animals, Pharmaceutical consumption by humans, Pharmaceutical waste & waste management, Risks to ecosystems, Risks to human health, Wastewater, and Water treatment technologies


1) Measurement, visualization, and communication of the problem, 2) Simulating action, 3) Mitigation and prevention.

Communication material:

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HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission (EC)’s LIFE+ programme, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). HCWH Europe is solely responsible for the content of this project and related materials. The views expressed do not reflect the official views of the EC, BMU, or UBA.