Benefits of the Arvia water treatment system to the Pharmaceutical manufacturing sector:

benefit 1

Cost effective treatment which avoids need for incineration due to complete oxidation, saving substantial operational cost

benefit 2

Low energy and targeted treatment of APIs, antibiotics, hormones and COD due to combined process in a single unit

benefit 3

Eco-friendly process with no chemical dosing and no waste products

Removing pharmaceuticals from wastewater

Pharmaceutical products are released into wastewater streams from manufacturing sites and drug development bases across the world.

The production and use of a comprehensive portfolio of pharmaceutical products results in the discharge of wastewater with a complex composition. Due to this, pharmaceutical wastewater is often hard to treat with conventional processes to comply with strict regulations. This results in high volumes of wastewater being transported for incineration.

As water is used as an ingredient in many formulations and for cleaning purposes in the pharmaceutical sector, this usually results in high water use.

Studies show that Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and pharmaceutical residues, even at trace levels in treated wastewater, are having detrimental effects on aquatic species and potentially human health. This is because traditional wastewater treatment processes are not designed to tackle such varied and persistent compounds which results in the contaminants eventually entering the environment and even sources used for drinking purposes.

Avoiding the high costs of incineration

The use of incineration as a waste management strategy is usually a last resort. When manufacturing licences rely on compliance with strict effluent control, it is sometimes unavoidable.

Incineration chimneys

Paperwork for trucking toxic sludge to the incineration unit is endless and the cost is both financial and environmental. But some substances are persistent even after water treatment, and there is often no alternative.

Until now.

Pharmaceutical wastewater treatment process

We have been working with the pharmaceutical sector for years now and have enhanced Nyex™, our water treatment processes so they are now extremely effective at removing a whole host of contaminants from pharmaceutical wastewater.

Arvia’s patented Nyex™ treatment systems provide a highly reliable and targeted treatment of APIs and pharmaceutical residues from wastewater, ensuring the maintenance of legislative standards for discharge.

We are also working with several forward-thinking global pharmaceutical manufacturers wanting to deploy an advanced tertiary process to effectively remove antibiotics from their wastewater. Although in many cases, this is not a regulatory requirement, organisations are anticipating upcoming regulations due to the research conducted on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the severity of this issue rendering medication ineffective.

We are also able to effectively remove other organic pollutants including surfactants and of course COD. Below are some links to a few of our case studies, relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.

API removal from water
API removal from water

API manufacture is a specialist industry in itself. We are able to remove APIs from wastewater to below the limit of detection.

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AMR and Antimicrobial removal from water
AMR and Antimicrobial removal from water

Our systems are also effective in the removal of antimicrobials, essential in the global drive to tackle AMR.

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Surfactants are used by the pharma industry and some of them are banned by REACH so need complete removal from effluent. Nyex can remove octylphenol ethoxylates (Triton X) by >99% as explained in this case study.

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COD ‘chemical oxygen demand’
COD ‘chemical oxygen demand’

The Nyex™ processes specialise in removal of non-biodegradable COD, such as pharmaceuticals and persistent organic pollutants. Click through for more detail.

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Probably the biggest problem facing policymakers tackling pharmaceuticals in the environment (PiE) is that they are invisible. If it is difficult to persuade people that they should change age-old practices and make costly investments.

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Pharmaceutical wastewater treatment process

Our systems are modular in nature, which means they can be scaled to meet your flow rate requirements. This also means that it can be easily adapted to tackle new regulations, emerging contaminants and extension or seasonal alteration of production lines.

The Nyex™ processes do not require chemical dosing, produce any secondary waste and can be powered by solar energy, providing a more sustainable treatment option.

Nyex™ treated wastewater can be safely reclaimed and reused for other purposes within the business, saving money and addressing high water demands in times of shrinking supplies.

We understand that pharmaceutical companies pride themselves on quality customer care, ensuring patients encounter minimal barriers to treatment. Nyex™ treatment plays a major part in the sustainable delivery of your products and Arvia guarantee that your organisation can continue to develop and supply essential medicines without the concern for operational downtime due to water treatment failure.

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