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Optimization of efficient water treatment technologies for elimination of microcontaminants and pathogens

Jürgen Fromm

Regierungspräsidium Tübingen

Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 20

72072 Tübingen

+49 (0) 7071/757-3583

The department 54.3 of the Government Headquarters Tübingen (RP Tübingen) has monitored and coordinated the conventional studies conducted at the river Schussen with respect to aspects of sewage treatment and water conservation in the past years. Furthermore, the current expansion of the sewage treatment plant AZV Mariatal (city of Ravensburg) with an additional activated coal filter stage was supported and funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg. In a first research project (SchusseAktiv) further examination of the river Schussen prior to the activated carbon upgrade (also coordinated by the University of Tübingen) was initiated. An examination of the condition after commissioning the activated coal filter stage is embedded in the project SchussenAktivplus which focuses on substantially more elaborate research questions.

The aim of the overall project is the testing and enhancement of efficient water treatment technologies and their combination for elimination of microcontaminants and pathogens in communal sewage treatment plants and rainwater treatment systems, as well as their impact on the river Schussen and the drinking water reservoir Lake Constance. However, the results can also be transferred to other situations and treatment systems and thus have important strategic value for future activities of the RP Tübingen. In this context, the RP Tübingen is involved in the project as a cooperation partner from the very beginning. Additionally, the RP provides financial support of about 240,000 euros / 318,000 US dollars (in addition to the finance provided by the BMBF). Professional support is also provided by the local district offices of Ravensburg, Friedrichshafen and Ulm.

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