Thursday, November 01, 2012

Saving the Baltic Sea together

On 16th of October 2012, in the Hanseatic capital of Gdansk, Poland – the Project on Urban Reduction of Eutrophication (PURE) has held its Final Conference “Practical experiences on advanced municipal sewage treatment”. During the two-day event around 150 representatives of wastewater treatment plants, municipality and environmental authorities, as well as international and non-governmental organizations has gathered to share the results of the project, and consider how its valuable lessons could be used in other cities across the Baltic Sea catchment area.

PURE project has succeeded in motivating the cities for voluntary actions, aimed at improving the fragile state of the Baltic Sea environment. Something concrete was achieved too: three PURE partner water companies have implemented investments in their treatment plants to enhance phosphorus removal. Once completed, the measures will result in reduction of the annual phosphorus load into the Baltic Sea by 300-500 tonnes (which equals 1/2 of the total annual phosphorus load from Finland to the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea!)

Moreover, the project has identified solutions for improving the sludge handling within wastewater treatment and a book on good sludge management practices, first of its kind in the Baltic Sea Region, soon available electronically. Further, a new online tool “PURE BenchMark” has been developed, to improve sharing and visualizing information on municipal wastewater treatment and loads to the Baltic Sea.

Picture: water utilities are the real superheroes of the Baltic Sea

Author: Olena Zinchuk

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