News Briefs: Startup Company Develops Flushable Pregnancy Test

In this week's water and wastewater news, a company develops a flushable pregnancy test; and antibiotics are discovered in three Minnesota lakes.
News Briefs: Startup Company Develops Flushable Pregnancy Test

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Lia Diagnostics recently launched the first-ever flushable pregnancy test at TechCrunch in Berlin.

The tests are made from a special paper that claims it will disintegrate in water and biodegrade, which allows it to be flushed.

It remains to be seen how the flushable tests could affect treatment plants, and the company claims it’s just getting started with its technology.

“What we’ve done here is essentially creating a new category of water-dispersable, biodegradable diagnostics,” said company founder Bethany Edwards at TechCrunch. “This is just the start for us.”


Antibiotics Discovered in Minnesota Lakes

Researchers recently discovered that medications are passing through wastewater systems and accumulating at the bottom of Minnesota lakes, according to the University of Minnesota.

Professor Bill Arnold tested three bodies of water that receive effluent from treatment plants and found 10 of 19 common antibiotics were in the sediment.

“Wastewater treatment plants aren’t designed to take out trace chemicals,” Arnold told Associated Press.

The tests indicated that some of the antibiotics were from the 1950s.

Souce: Associated Press

Researchers Find Way to Recycle Wastewater Using Electricity

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently found a new way to recycle industrial wastewater using electricity, which they claim removes up to 99 percent of impurities.

The team claims its system consumes a small amount of electricity and doesn’t result in secondary waste that requires further processing.

“Our invention provides an environmentally friendly solution and helps to raise the overall standard of industrial waste water treatment,” assistant professor Olivier Lefebvre told The Straits Times.

A system prototype was developed for $3,000 to $5,000 is capable of treating 10 liters of wastewater every six hours.

Source: The Straits Times

Small Village Faces Breakdown Thanks to 'Flushable' Wipes

The small village of South Glens Falls, New York, recently faced a sewer system breakdown that cost it $3,000 due to so-called “flushable” diaper wipes.

The village called specialists to deal with the 300-pound mass of wipes clogging its pump station. It took three people to clear the wipes from the pump station.

“I’m not thrilled with the whole situation,” Public Works Supervisor Richard Daley told The Post Star.

Source: The Post Star


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