Pharmafilter | LIFE – SMT – WBSO – KRW

Hospitals are a major point discharge sources of organic micro-pollutants (medical drug residues, X-ray contrast fluids). These pollutants are seen as a growing problem for surface water quality. Within the project PharmaFilter technology is developed that enables hospitals to improve logistic processes around waste as well as at lower costs, higher purification of waste water and generate energy. Moreover, implementation of the Pharmafilter concept leads to significant savings, making the return of investment period limited. Pharmafilter is now seen as a most relevant technology for tackling medical drug residues in surface water.

A Pharmafilter can be realized both in existing buildings and in new buildings. The Pharmafilter concept was demonstrated at the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft and is now used by several Dutch hospitals.


  • Reinier de Graaf Groep
  • Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland
  • Pharmafilter


  • LIFE+
  • Innovatieprogramma KRW
  • Subsidieregeling Milieugerichte Technologie (SMT)
  • Projectsubsidie VWS
  • WBSO

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