Copenhagen hospital to cleanse medicine from its waste water

New system has climate and savings benefits

A new cleaning system at Herlev Hospital will cleanse medicine-ridden waste water to the extent it can be reused as drinking water.

In addition to being more climate-friendly, the new system will also save the hospital 4.5 million kroner a year in fees it currently pays the municipality to cleanse its waste water.

“We want to ensure the water leaving our system is so pure we can divert it to the water environment,” Jess Krarup, one of the project’s engineers, told Politiken newspaper.

“The municipal cleansing system can no longer handle the medicine, but we will be able to.”

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Among the improvements compared to the municipal system is the ability to filter away environmentally-harmful medical waste such as antibiotics.

The new system is also scheduled to be incorporated in 10 out of the 14 new super-hospitals currently being constructed nationwide.

The new system costs 25 million kroner, but should it prove to be a success, the price will decrease for any future systems being built elsewhere.