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Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013) 380–388 Contents lists available at SciVerse ScienceDirect Science of the Total Environment Prediction of concentration levels of metformin and other high consumptionpharmaceuticals in wastewater and regional surface water based on sales data Mathijs Oosterhuis a,⁎, Frank Sacher b, Thomas L. ter Laak ca Water Board Regge en Dinkel P.O. Box 5006, 7600 GA, Almelo, The Netherlandsb DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser, Karlsruher Straße 84, 76139 Karlsruhe, Germanyc KWR Watercycle Research Institute, P.O. Box 1072, 3430 BB, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands ► Regional sales relevant for monitoring and emission prediction of pharmaceuticals► Metformin concentrations are 80 μg/L and 1 μg/L in wastewater and efﬂuent respectively.
► 82% of metformin in wastewater recovered as guanylurea in efﬂuent.
► Signiﬁcant better removal at higher temperatures for 4 of 9 pharmaceuticals► Signiﬁcant better removal at higher HRTs for 3 of 9 pharmaceuticals Local consumption data of pharmaceuticals were used to study the emission to wastewater and surface waters in Received 6 June 2012 two small Dutch water catchments. For nine high consumption pharmaceuticals: metformin, metoprolol, sotalol, Received in revised form 28 September 2012 losartan, valsartan, irbesartan, hydrochlorothiazide, diclofenac and carbamazepine, predicted emissions were Accepted 11 October 2012 compared to wastewater concentrations, removal in sewage treatment plants and recovery in regional surface Available online xxxx water. The study shows that local consumption data can be very useful to select pharmaceuticals for monitoring and to predict wastewater concentrations. Measured inﬂuent concentrations were on average 78% with a range of 31–138% of predicted inﬂuent concentrations. Metformin is the pharmaceutical with the highest concentra- tion in wastewater (64–98 μg/L) but it is removed with >98% in sewage treatment plants (STP). Guanylurea, a biodegradation product of metformin, was detected in STP efﬂuents and surface waters at concentrations of 39–56 μg/L and 1.8–3.9 μg/L, respectively. The STP removal of the different pharmaceuticals varied strongly.
Consumption based monitoring For carbamazepine, hydrochlorothiazide and sotalol a signiﬁcant better removal was found at higher tempera- Regional surface water tures and longer hydraulic retention times while for metoprolol signiﬁcantly better removal was only observedat higher temperatures. Predicting environmental concentrations from regional consumption data might be analternative to monitoring of pharmaceuticals in wastewater and surface waters.
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environment is difﬁcult to assess. Acute aquatic risks are usually esti-mated by assessing the ratio of the predicted environmental concentra- Over the last two decades, numerous articles have been published on tion and the predicted no-effect concentration (PEC/PNEC). For a large pharmaceuticals in the environment. These studies show that a mixture number of pharmaceuticals, these ratios have been reviewed by Fent of different pharmaceuticals is present in wastewaters and surface wa- et al. (2006). Observed ratios were generally far below 1 indicating ters (Daughton and Ternes, 1999; Sacher et al., 2008; Roig, 2010). The that there is a limited risk based on the effects of individual pharmaceu- presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in surface wa- ticals. However, it should be noted that eco-toxicological data are still ters has given rise to concern about ecological and human health risks.
limited (Fent et al., 2006). Especially for chronic toxicity data that con- Concentrations in surface waters generally fall in the ng/L to μg/L sider effects of exposure during multiple life stages or even multiple range. At these concentrations, human health effects are not expected generations are lacking and little is known about effects of mixtures of (Bruce et al., 2010). Whether these concentrations pose a threat to the pharmaceuticals (Roig, 2010).
Currently, pharmaceuticals such as β-blockers, analgesics, antibi- otics, lipid regulators, and X-ray contrast media have been monitored ⁎ Corresponding author at: Water Board Regge en Dinkel P.O. Box 5006, 7600 GA Almelo, The Netherlands. Tel.: +31 546832993.
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M. Oosterhuis et al. / Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013) 380–388 al., 2010; Hörsing et al., 2011) and surface waters (Jones et al., 2002; were subsequently monitored in sewage inﬂuents, sewage efﬂuents Kasprzyk-Hordern et al., 2007). Some pharmaceuticals have also been and receiving surface waters.
found in drinking water produced from surface water (Huerta-Fontela The aim of the study was to investigate the local emission of pharma- et al., 2011; Sanderson, 2011) and river bank ﬁltrate (De Jongh et al., ceuticals to regional surface waters. Well deﬁned consumption data of pharmaceuticals in a catchment of a sewage treatment plant and knowl- Monitoring of pharmaceuticals in the environment is restricted by the edge on the sewage treatment plant efﬁciencies enable one to relate con- available analytical techniques in laboratories. The selection of pharma- sumption to loads of pharmaceuticals in sewage inﬂuent, removal by ceuticals for monitoring is often based on selections of pharmaceuticals wastewater treatment, loads and concentrations in efﬂuents, and loads analyzed in previous studies. Consequently, some pharmaceuticals, that and concentrations in receiving waters. The monitoring was performed might be relevant based on their consumption, human excretion and pas- in September–October and December 2010 in a sewage treatment plant sage of sewage treatment, might be omitted in current environmental with a parallel operated conventional activated sludge system (CAS) monitoring studies. There are, for example, many data on the occurrence and a membrane bioreactor (MBR). This additionally allowed the com- and fate of the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and the β-blockers metopro- parison of removal rates of pharmaceuticals at different wastewater tem- lol, sotalol and atenolol in the water cycle, while only few data exist on peratures and with different sewage treatment technologies, varying in other widely used pharmaceuticals such as metformin (anti-diabetic), hydraulic retention time (HRT), sludge concentration and type of solids irbesartan (anti-hypertensive) and hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic). The fact that certain pharmaceuticals have not been included in watercatchment-studies might result in an underestimation of the total con- 2. Materials and methods centrations and annual ﬂuxes of pharmaceuticals in surface waters andcan affect the risk assessment as some relevant pharmaceuticals might 2.1. Selection of pharmaceuticals be ignored. Besides occurrence, human excretion and removal bywastewater treatment plants, prescription (or sales) data are suitable For the village of Ootmarsum (7220 inhabitants) and the city of En- to select relevant pharmaceuticals for environmental monitoring (de schede (157,052 inhabitants) (Fig. 1) the top-50 of most sold pharma- Voogt et al., 2009) and predict environmental concentrations. Jones et ceuticals by local pharmacies (2009) was extracted from a database of al. (Richardson and Bowron, 1985; Jones et al., 2002; Siemens et al., the Dutch foundation of pharmaceutical numbers (SFK). The sales data 2008) used average consumption of the 25 most prescribed pharma- were reported in deﬁned daily doses per year (DDD/yr). It was assumed ceuticals in the UK to predict environmental concentrations. Further- that sales and consumption were equal. Sales of pharmaceuticals via more, Alder et al. (2010) predicted surface water concentrations of local hospital pharmacies were not included in the data of the SFK. How- four β-blockers within a factor of two in the Swiss Glatt Valley from na- ever, it was assumed that the contribution of hospital pharmacies to the tional consumption data and measured removal efﬁciencies in three total load was marginal since most pharmaceuticals, except some antibi- sewage treatment plants (STPs). Discrepancies between predicted and otics and X-ray contrast media, are mainly acquired via generic pharma- measured concentrations were explained by higher biodegradation cies (Derksen et al., 2007; Ort et al., 2010a; Vergouwen et al., 2011a). The and photolysis in summer time when residence times of the water in load of pharmaceuticals to the STP was calculated by use of an excretion the valley were 100–200 days. Additionally, Scheurer et al. (2009) de- factor and an average daily dose.
scribed the occurrence of the widely used pharmaceutical metforminin German surface waters and reported that the high concentrations Consumption Enschede g correlated well with consumption data. Finally, ter Laak et al. (2010) re- nr persons Enschede lated the loads of pharmaceuticals in the river Rhine to the upstreamconsumption of these pharmaceuticals in the Rhine catchment area Load to STP Enschede g =yrÞEnschede $ ðg=DDDÞ $ excretion and could explain the loads of 15 out of the 20 most frequently detected pharmaceuticals within a factor of two.
The literature data above illustrate that, among other criteria, in- Table 1 lists the nine pharmaceuticals selected for monitoring. The ternational or national sales data of pharmaceuticals can be valuable predicted emission was based on sales, excretion rate and STP remov- to select relevant pharmaceuticals for monitoring and can be used al rate, and analytical methods available. Initially, furosemide and to estimate loads and average environmental concentrations in sur- omeprazol were also selected for monitoring based on their predicted face waters. However, as consumption of pharmaceuticals can differ emissions. However, no analytical techniques were available, so these on a regional basis they are less suitable to predict loads or concentra- pharmaceuticals could not be included in the current study. The high tions in wastewater and regional surface water systems.
predicted consumption and emission of furosemide and omeprazol To our knowledge hardly any studies have been conducted in which give rise to studying these pharmaceuticals in the future.
regional sales of pharmaceuticals within catchments of a wastewatertreatment plant have been related to measured concentrations and 2.2. Sewage treatment plants loads of these pharmaceuticals in the wastewater inﬂuent, efﬂuentand the receiving surface waters. This approach can be very useful as The sewage treatment plants of Enschede (circa 50,000 m3/d) and it links the local consumption (i.e. sales) in households to concentra- Ootmarsum (circa 2500 m3/d) both consist of a conventional activated tions in wastewater and surface water. Thereby the input of the system sludge system (CAS) with biological phosphate removal and nitrogen is better deﬁned, allowing descriptive modeling. Furthermore, results removal via nitriﬁcation/denitriﬁcation. At STP Enschede, the wastewa- might be useful for the prediction of loads of pharmaceuticals in other ter passes primary clariﬁers, anaerobic tank, denitriﬁcation tank, nitriﬁ- cation tank and secondary clariﬁers. The secondary and primary sludge In this study, local sales data of pharmaceuticals in a village and a city is digested in mesophilic sludge digesters and the digested sludge is in the Netherlands, and information on human excretion and removal centrifuged to remove excess of water. This ‘reject water' is mixed up during wastewater treatment were used to select pharmaceuticals for with the raw wastewater. Ferric chloride is added to the reject water monitoring. Besides that, guanylurea, a transformation product of met- to remove released phosphate (Fig. 2).
formin, was selected for monitoring because recent literature showed STP Ootmarsum consists of a combination of a MBR and a CAS sys- that this product was formed during wastewater treatment and observed tem with sand ﬁltration as post treatment. MBR and CAS with sand ﬁl- in surface waters (Scheurer et al., 2009; Trautwein and Kümmerer, tration are operated in parallel. The HRT in the MBR is 19±4 h while 2011). The pharmaceuticals with presumably the highest emissions the HRT in the CAS is three times longer (61±13 h). Under dry weather
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Sales g/person/year Human excretion (%) Predicted emission to the STP kg/yre a Data obtained from Roig (2010).
b Data obtained from www.fk.cvz.nl (accessed: January 2010).
c Data obtained from Lienert et al. (2007).
d No data available.
e Predicted emissions are calculated by multiplying the number of prescriptions with a deﬁned daily dose (mg/d) and the human excretion.
conditions, 50% of the wastewater is treated in the MBR and the 1st. Additionally, on December the 7th, 8th and 9th grab samples were other 50% is treated in a CAS system with sand ﬁltration. During storm taken from efﬂuent receiving surface water, 2.5 km downstream from rainfall circa 77% of the wastewater is treated in the CAS system since the discharge of efﬂuent of STP Ootmarsum. The total hydraulic reten- the hydraulic capacity of the MBR is limited to 150 m3/h. After tion time in the surface water, including the wetland from STP treatment the efﬂuent of STP Ootmarsum passes a wetland with a hy- Ootmarsum to the point where the samples were taken was approxi- draulic retention time of 4 days. Fig. 2 shows the ﬂow diagrams of STP mately four days. This allows mixing and homogenization of daily vari- Enschede and STP Ootmarsum. The wastewater and efﬂuent character- ations of loads of pharmaceuticals from the efﬂuent (Radke et al., 2010).
istics of both STPs are presented in Table S1 of the Supplemental Therefore, grab samples were considered to represent the average con- centration in the surface water which enabled to calculate loads. Allsamples were stored at 4 °C and processed within one week.
Flow proportional 24 h samples were taken from the raw wastewa- ter and from efﬂuent of STP Ootmarsum at September the 4th and 19th, Determination of all pharmaceuticals and metabolites was done October the 5th and December the 7th, 8th and 9th 2010. The STP En- using HPLC/MS–MS analysis after automated solid phase extraction schede was sampled at September the 1st and 9th and October the (SPE) of the analytes. The target analytes were selected based on sales Fig. 1. Sampling locations.
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M. Oosterhuis et al. / Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013) 380–388 Fig. 2. Simpliﬁed ﬂow scheme of STP Enschede and STP Ootmarsum. Legend: 1) grid removal, 2) sand trap, 3) primary clariﬁers, 4) selector+anaerobic tank, 5) denitriﬁcation and nitriﬁcation,6) secondary clariﬁers, 7) sludge digestion, 8) sludge dewatering, 9) UF membranes, 10) sand ﬁltration, 11) and wetland passage.
and consumption data. Several existing methods were applied to tackle For analysis of metoprolol and sotalol, the samples were adjusted to the analysis of the chemically diverse set of target compounds. Prior to a pH of 7 (if necessary) and spiked with clenbuterol-d9 and sotalol-d6 as analysis, wastewater samples were diluted with tap water that was free internal standards. Solid-phase extraction was done on Bond Elut PPL of pharmaceuticals to reduce matrix effects.
material (200 mg) from Agilent Technologies. Again, the eluate was Carbamazepine, diclofenac, irbesartan, losartan and valsartan were evaporated to dryness and reconstituted with 50 μL methanol and analyzed following a method that is described in detail in Sacher et al.
50 μL of a 95:5 (v:v) mixture of a 20 mM aqueous ammonium acetate (2008). The water samples were adjusted to a pH of 3 by addition of solution and acetonitrile. An aliquot was injected into the HPLC/MS– hydrochloric acid. Then carbamazepine-d10, diclofenac-d4, valsartan- MS system (HPLC HP 1100 from Agilent Technologies and API 2000 d3, irbesartan-d3 and ibuprofen-d3 were added as internal standards.
mass spectrometer from AB Sciex). Separation of the analytes was Solid-phase extraction was done on plastic cartridges ﬁlled with achieved on a Nucleosil column (250 mm×2 mm, 3 μm) from Bischoff 200 mg of Bakerbond SDB 1 material (Mallinckrodt Baker, Deventer, Chromatography (Leonberg, Germany). Injection volume was 12.5 μL The Netherlands). The SPE material was dried for 60 min in a gentle and ﬂow rate of the eluent was 0.2 mL/min. Gradient elution was ap- stream of nitrogen and elution was done with 10 mL acetone. The sol- plied with a 20 mM ammonium formate solution in MilliQ water and vent was evaporated to dryness in a stream of nitrogen and the dry res- with a 20 mM ammonium formate solution in a 2:1 (v:v) mixture of idue was reconstituted with 50 μL methanol and 50 μL HPLC grade acetonitrile and methanol. An electrospray interface was used and MS water. An aliquot was injected into the HPLC/MS–MS system (HPLC HP detection was done in the positive ionization mode with an ionization 1100 from Agilent Technologies, Waldbronn, Germany and API 2000 voltage of +5500 V. For MS–MS detection the MRM mode was used.
mass spectrometer from AB Sciex, Langen, Germany). For HPLC separa- Metformin and guanylurea were analyzed by a method described in tion a Luna C18 column (250 mm×2 mm, 5 μm particle size) from detail by Scheurer et al. (2009). Brieﬂy, this method consists of a Phenomenex (Aschaffenburg, Germany) was used. Injection volume pre-concentration of the analytes from the water samples at neutral was 12.5 μL and ﬂow rate of the eluent was 0.2 mL/min. Gradient elu- pH onto Strata X-CW material from Phenomenex. Metformin-d6 was tion was applied with a 20 mM ammonium formate solution in MilliQ used as internal standard and elution of the analytes from the SPE ma- water and with a 20 mM ammonium formate solution in a 2:1 (v:v) terial was done with 5 mL of a methanol/acetonitrile mixture (20:80, mixture of acetonitrile and methanol. An electrospray interface was v:v) containing 2% formic acid. After elution the solvent was evaporated used and MS detection was done in the positive ionization mode with to dryness in a stream of nitrogen and the dry residue was reconstituted an ionization voltage of +5500 V. For MS–MS detection the MRM in a mixture of 50% HPLC grade water and 50% acetonitrile. Then 10 μL (multi reaction monitoring) mode was used.
was injected into the HPLC tandem–MS system (1200 HPLC system Hydrochlorothiazide was analyzed with a similar method as the from Agilent Technologies and 4000 Q-Trap Triple–Quadrupole mass one previously described. The samples were adjusted to pH 3 and spectrometer from AB Sciex with an electrospray interface operated in hydrochlorothiazide-13C-d2 was added as internal standard. For positive ionization mode). HPLC separation took place on a ZIC-HILIC pre-concentration of the analyte 200 mg SPE material Strata X from column (150×2.1 mm, 3.5 μm) from Merck SeQuant AB (Umeå, Phenomenex was used and elution was done with 5 mL methanol Sweden). Gradient elution was applied with an aqueous 10 mM ammo- and subsequently with 1 mL acetone. The solvents were evaporated nium formate solution set to pH 3 with concentrated formic acid and to dryness and reconstituted with 20 μL methanol and 80 μL HPLC with acetonitrile. Flow rate was 0.35 mL/min. MS–MS detection was grade water. An aliquot was injected into the HPLC/MS–MS system again done in the MRM mode.
(HPLC 1200 SL from Agilent Technologies and API 4000 mass spec- Isotope-labeled standards were used whenever available. If no trometer from AB Sciex). HPLC separation was done on a Gemini col- labeled standard was available similar isotope-labeled compounds umn (250 mm×2 mm, 5 μm) from Phenomenex. Injection volume were used to correct for extraction recoveries and analytical was 20 μL and ﬂow rate of the eluent was adjusted to 0.3 mL/min.
variations (e.g. ionization effects). The labeled compound that For gradient elution a 20 M ammonium formate solution in MilliQ showed the most similar ‘analytical behavior' to the target compound water and a 2 mM ammonium formate solution in a 2:1 (v:v) mixture was used as internal standard. For carbamazepine, diclofenac, valsartan, of acetonitrile and methanol were used. MS detection of hydrochloro- irbesartan, sotalol and metformin deuterated analogs were used as thiazide was done in the negative ionization mode with an ionization internal standard. For hydrochlorothiazide a 13C labeled and deuterated voltage of −4500 V. MS–MS detection was again done in the MRM internal standard was used. For metoprolol, isotope-labeled clenbuterol was used as internal standard, for guanylurea metformin-d6 was used, Author's personal copy
M. Oosterhuis et al. / Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013) 380–388 while for losartan valsartan-d3 was used. For all methods calibrations Supplemental Information) at the STPs. Due to varying inﬂuent concen- were made for the overall procedure from tap water. Validation parame- trations and wastewater ﬂows the STPs are not at steady state, and re- ters characterizing the performance of the analytical methods used are moval efﬁciencies can change from day to day. Furthermore the HRT summarized in Table S8 in the Supplemental Information. Validation exceeded one day. Therefore, the concentrations and related removal was done in surface water to account for the matrix effects occurring in efﬁciencies in Table 2 are based on average mass ﬂows of inﬂuent and the samples analyzed in this study (surface water and diluted wastewa- efﬂuent (mg/d) and average wastewater ﬂows (m3/d) over the sam- ter). The validation data prove that the methods are well suited for the pling period (Ort et al., 2010b). Additionally, it should be noted that application in the monitoring campaign. Analytical uncertainties are in the analytical uncertainty is estimated to be 20–30% so minor differ- the range of 20 to 30% for all compounds under investigation.
ences between inﬂuents and efﬂuents or between predicted and mea-sured values can be attributed to analytical uncertainties. The 3. Results and discussion standard deviation of the inﬂuent and efﬂuent concentrations repre-sents the variation observed between the individual 24 h composite 3.1. Consumption and emission samples. The individual data are presented in the Supplemental Infor-mation, Table S3–S7.
Table 1 shows the consumption data of pharmaceuticals for the The predicted concentrations in the inﬂuents are generally slightly city of Enschede and the village of Ootmarsum, extracted from the da- higher than the measured concentrations. Measured concentrations tabase of the SFK. The emission is predicted from the consumption of were on average 78% with a range of 31–138% of predicted concentra- the patients living in the zip code area that was covered by the re- tions. Loads of sotalol for Enschede and valsartan for Ootmarsum spective STPs.
could not be predicted as regional consumption data were not available.
Various discrepancies can exist between the predicted consumption This shows that the consumption based prediction is rather accurate.
and the actual consumption. First, differences between predicted and Differences between predicted and observed concentrations in the in- observed concentrations in the inﬂuents can be attributed to incomplete ﬂuents can be attributed to incomplete use of sold pharmaceuticals, ad- use of prescribed and sold pharmaceuticals (Ruhoy and Daughton, ditional consumption from hospital pharmacies not included in this 2008; Musson and Townsend, 2009). This so called medication compli- study (Vergouwen et al., 2011b), transformation of pharmaceuticals ance for cardiovascular pharmaceuticals has been estimated to be 71% during sewer passage, temporal variations in pharmaceutical consump- (Claxton et al., 2001). Secondly, sales data do not account for pharma- tion (ter Laak et al., 2010) and analytical uncertainties (Ort et al., ceuticals obtained from other sources due to consumption of pharma- 2010b). A more detailed discussion on the predicted concentrations, ceuticals obtained from other regions or illegal use. Finally, temporal measured concentrations and removal during sewage treatment for (seasonal) trends in consumption of pharmaceuticals such as antibi- the individual pharmaceuticals is given below.
otics, anti viral drugs and analgesics can lead to corresponding trendsin emissions and loads in surface waters (Singer et al., 2008; ter Laak 3.3. STP removal of pharmaceuticals et al., 2010). Together, these discrepancies can bias predicted emissionsresulting in differences between predicted and observed loads of phar- Table 3 presents removal efﬁciencies at STP Ootmarsum at different maceuticals in the STPs or surface waters.
temperatures and HRTs. It can be observed that for some pharmaceuti- It can be observed that the predicted emission of metformin is very cals the removal efﬁciency increases with increasing temperature and high compared to other pharmaceuticals. This is due to its large share of HRT. The results of the individual pharmaceuticals are discussed below.
users (>3.5% of the Dutch population), its high daily dose of 2000 mg/dand 100% excretion by humans.
3.4. Metoprolol and sotalol Table 1 and Table S2 of the Supplemental Information show only marginal differences in consumption of pharmaceuticals between En- The measured inﬂuent concentrations of the two β-blockers meto- schede and Ootmarsum or between the Dutch average and these loca- prolol and sotalol of STP Ootmarsum are 31±7% higher than predicted tions. Consumption patterns of the studied region were generally wastewater concentrations based on regional consumption data. These rather similar to the average Dutch consumption, despite the observa- marginal differences could be explained by analytical uncertainties, tion from a national survey on pharmaceutical consumption in the minor changes in consumption between 2009 and 2010 and additional Netherlands of Van den Berg Jeths and Van Batenburg-Eddes (2003), consumption from hospital pharmacies.
which showed that there can be large regional variations in the con- The β-blockers are only partly removed in the STP of Ootmarsum sumption of pharmaceuticals. If the regional and Dutch consumption and Enschede. The performance of the CAS system of Enschede and data are compared to European averages, larger differences are ob- STP Ootmarsum reveals no signiﬁcant differences (Table 2). The remov- served. The consumption of carbamazepine, ketoprofen and bezaﬁbrate al rate of metoprolol appeared slightly higher than that of sotalol in both is considerably lower than elsewhere in Europe, while the consumption STPs. Typically, the opposite is reported in literature (Vieno et al., 2007; of furosemide, valsartan, irbesartan, metoprolol and metformin largely Roig, 2010). However, Roig mentions that the collected data lack STPs exceeds the average European consumption.
with hydraulic retention times >25 h and sludge retention times Five of the six pharmaceuticals with the highest predicted emissions >20 d. Both STPs in the current study have a hydraulic retention time show consumptions that exceed European averages (Table 1). More- >25 h and sludge retention times >20 d. Additionally, Maurer et al.
over, the consumption of pharmaceuticals is likely to increase in the (2007) showed that removal of β-blockers by sorption to activated coming decades due to aging populations (van der Aa et al., 2011).
sludge is negligible and that degradation rate constants of metoprolol(0.58 L/d/gCOD) were twice as high as for sotalol (0.29 L/d/gCOD). This 3.2. Measurements in wastewater and surface water corresponds to the observed higher removal rate of metoprolol.
The STP of Ootmarsum, where a conventional activated sludge system Based on the consumption data, metformin, valsartan, losartan, and a Membrane Bioreactor are operated in parallel, was sampled in irbesartan, metoprolol, sotalol, carbamazepine and diclofenac were September–October and December (Fig. 2). The removal in September– monitored in raw wastewater, efﬂuent and receiving surface water.
October was signiﬁcantly higher than in December for both β-blockers Table 2 presents predicted inﬂuent concentrations in raw wastewater (Table 3). This illustrates that the removal is more effective at higher tem- (i.e. the calculated daily emission divided by average wastewater ﬂow peratures, which is probably due to higher biological activity. Additional- on the sampling days), average measured inﬂuent and efﬂuent concen- ly, a signiﬁcantly better removal by the MBR was observed for metoprolol, trations and average removal efﬁciency calculated from these (see while the removal of sotalol was more effective in the conventional Author's personal copy
M. Oosterhuis et al. / Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013) 380–388 Table 2Predicted and measured concentrations in wastewater inﬂuent and efﬂuent of STPs Enschede and Ootmarsum and recovered amount in surface water. Standard deviations aregiven in brackets.
Predicted inﬂuent Inﬂuent Recovery surface water b Predicted inﬂuent Inﬂuent Hydrochlorothiazide 1.90 84.41 (13.61) 1.22 (0.50) 0.14 (0.07)h 95% (2%) a The calculation of average removal and standard deviations is explained in the supplemental information.
b Recovery of pharmaceuticals in surface water in December compared to efﬂuent load (i.e. (ﬂow∗conc. surface water)/(ﬂow∗conc. efﬂuent)), see Table S7 of the Supplemental Information for individual data.
c Not detected.
e Cannot be calculated.
f Not measured.
g No individual consumption data available, calculated from average Dutch consumption.
activated sludge treatment. This difference is difﬁcult to interpret. The mixed liquor suspended solids (g/L) in the MBR is 2.4 times higherwhile the hydraulic retention time is 3.2 times shorter than in the CAS The concentrations of diclofenac observed in the inﬂuents are 72% system. It is unlikely that the higher removal of metoprolol in the MBR and 58% of the predicted average concentrations for Ootmarsum and system can be attributed to sorption to the higher suspended solids Enschede and the removal of diclofenac is −9% and 41% in the STPs of load, as sorption coefﬁcient of metoprolol to sewage sludge is too low Ootmarsum and in Enschede, respectively. The removal efﬁciency did to allow signiﬁcant removal, even in the MBR system (Maurer et al., not change signiﬁcantly with temperature or hydraulic retention time.
2007). Possibly, the removal of sotalol is improved by longer hydraulic re- The poor removal efﬁciency of diclofenac observed in both treatment tention that promotes a microbial community that is more effective in systems is in line with literature data (Roig, 2010). The efﬂuent concen- degrading sotalol, while the microbial community in the MBR is more trations of diclofenac are within the range of mean environmental con- suitable for metoprolol removal. More detailed studies on the (microbial) centrations reported in Europe: 0.03–1.8 μg/L. This corresponds to the removal efﬁciency of the parallel MBR and CAS treatment in Ootmarsum regional consumption of diclofenac, which is similar to the average are necessary to generate conclusive results.
European consumption (Table 1). The recovery of diclofenac in surface The concentrations of the β-blockers in the efﬂuents of the two Dutch water was 131% of the calculated emission. This shows that diclofenac STPs are higher than the mean European efﬂuent concentrations (meto- is persistent in the aquatic environment.
prolol (0–0.8 μg/L), sotalol (0.18–0.87 μg/L)). This can be explained bythe regional and national Dutch consumption of metoprolol and sotalol 3.6. Carbamazepine that both exceed the European average (see Table 1 and Table S2 ofthe Supplemental Information). The recoveries of metoprolol and sotalol The measured inﬂuent concentrations of carbamazepine in in surface waters (residence time of water 4 days) were 93% and 89% of Ootmarsum and Enschede were respectively a factor 3 and 2 lower the calculated emission, respectively. This illustrates that removal due to than the predicted inﬂuent concentrations. It should be mentioned biodegradation and sorption in surface waters is low. However, sampling that the excretion of carbamazepine was set at 26% While Lienert et of surface water and efﬂuent was done at the same time so the recover- al. (2007) reports 2% excretion of unmetabolized carbamazepine via ies could not be determined exactly.
urine and 24% excretion of an unknown mixture of metabolites andparent compound via feces. The excretion of unchanged carbamaze-pine is therefore unknown and does not allow prediction of the inﬂu- ent concentration on the basis of consumption and average excretion.
Removal of pharmaceuticals at STP Ootmarsum at different wastewater temperatures Carbamazepine is one of the most studied pharmaceuticals and is and hydraulic retention times.
known to be very persistent. 43 of 48 records collected by Roig (2010) showed removal efﬁciencies below 20%. Our data are in line with the lit- erature data reported, with average removal efﬁciencies of 10% and 3% in Ootmarsum and Enschede respectively. Even though removal was mar-ginal, detailed studies of the STP Ootmarsum show a signiﬁcantly more effective removal in September–October than in December (Table 3).
Furthermore, the conventional activated sludge system appeared to be signiﬁcantly more effective than the MBR system (Table 3). This suggests that the longer residence time of the activated sludge in the convention- al system enables higher biodegradation. Despite the marginal removal of carbamazepine, efﬂuent concentrations are relatively low compared to other European countries (0.2–0.5 μg/L versus 0.2–1.2 μg/L). This is a Signiﬁcant differences in removal with temperature or HRT (pb0.01).
in line with the consumption per capita that is approximately half of b Signiﬁcant differences in removal with temperature or HRT (pb0.05).
the European average (Table 1). Due to the rather low concentrations
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better nitriﬁcation (Rosal et al., 2010). Nitriﬁcation capacity is mainly re-lated to the hydraulic and solid retention times and oxygen concentra- 3.7. Losartan, irbesartan and valsartan tion in an STP. Together, this suggests that higher temperatures andlonger hydraulic retention times in the conventional system enable The predicted concentration of losartan exceeds the measured higher biodegradation of hydrochlorothiazide. The recovery of hydro- concentrations by a factor of 2 to 3. This deviation might be attributed chlorothiazide in surface water was 71%. Possibly some of the hydro- to removal in the sewer system before entering the STP as the high chlorothiazide was degraded in surface water during 4 days retention removal rate during treatment suggests that this compound is readily time. However, sampling of surface water and efﬂuent was done at biodegradable. Furthermore, cardiovascular medication is known to the same time so the recoveries could not be determined exactly.
have relatively low medication compliance (Ruhoy and Daughton,2008; Musson and Townsend, 2009), which means that less pharma- 3.9. Metformin and guanylurea ceutical is actually consumed than sold. Together, these factors mightexplain the overestimation of inﬂuent concentrations.
Metformin is an anti-diabetic drug that is widely used in Europe Irbesartan shows a poor removal rate (−42% to 6%), while losartan (OECD, 2009). It is probably the pharmaceutical with the highest emis- and valsartan are removed to a larger extent (88–97%) in the STP.
sion to the environment on a mass basis (Scheurer et al., 2009). The av- The removal efﬁciency of losartan, irbesartan and valsartan did not erage concentration of metformin in raw wastewater of Enschede and change signiﬁcantly with sludge temperature or hydraulic retention Ootmarsum was 79±12 μg/L. This is similar to observations from litera- time. Very few literature data are available on STP removal of losartan ture that ranged from 57 to 129 μg/L (Scheurer et al., 2009; Trautwein and valsartan. However, Batt et al. (2008) reported 62% removal of and Kümmerer, 2011; Scheurer et al., 2012). These concentrations ex- losartan and Kasprzyk-Hordern et al. (2008) reported 84% removal of ceed concentrations of the other pharmaceuticals by roughly 2 orders valsartan in a CAS system and 44% valsartan removal in a trickling ﬁlter.
of magnitude. Furthermore around 60% of the consumed metformin The observed removal rates in our study are higher (88–97%). The differ- was recovered in the STP inﬂuent. The marginal overestimation of the ence between the trickling ﬁlter and CAS system observed by Kasprzyk- metformin concentrations might be attributed to known low compliance Hordern suggests that solids and hydraulic retention time are both rele- of medication for the alimentary tract (Ruhoy and Daughton, 2008) and vant for the removal of valsartan and possibly also for losartan.
analytical uncertainties. The major fraction of metformin is removed To our knowledge there is no literature data available on the during wastewater treatment (97.8±1.0%) in the STPs, which is in line removal of irbesartan in STPs. However, the very low adsorption coef- with the literature (Scheurer et al., 2009; Trautwein and Kümmerer, ﬁcients to secondary sludge for irbesartan according to Hörsing et al.
2011). No signiﬁcant difference in removal was observed between the (2011) (Kf=5.3∗10−4 L/g) suggest that irbesartan is practically not STPs of Enschede and Ootmarsum and the removal efﬁciency did not removed by sorptive processes in activated sludge. Huerta-Fontela change signiﬁcantly with temperature or hydraulic retention time.
et al. (2011) show that 19% of irbesartan even passes advanced treat- Furthermore, guanylurea, a biodegradation product of metformin, ment techniques, such as chlorination, sand ﬁltration, ozonation and was detected at an average concentration of 48 μg/L in the efﬂuent of granulated activated carbon ﬁltration, applied for drinking water pro- STP Ootmarsum. Trautwein and Kümmerer (2011) reported the forma- duction. The poor removal rate of irbesartan (−42% to 6%), shows tion of guanylurea in laboratory biodegradation studies and their occur- that sewage treatment techniques are not effective in removing this rence in STP efﬂuents. However, concentrations in these efﬂuents were compound from wastewater. The recovery of irbesartan in surface more than one order of magnitude lower than those observed in the water was 98% which illustrates that irbesartan is also persistent in current study, even though inﬂuent concentrations of metformin were surface water. Losartan and valsartan could not be detected in surface similar. On the other hand Scheurer et al. (2012) reported STP efﬂuent water, so their recoveries in surface water could not be determined.
concentrations between 18 and 99 μg/L which are similar to concentra- For irbesartan, its poor removal efﬁciency in STPs, its resistance to tions observed in the present study.
advanced oxidation and adsorption by activated carbon and the limited Fig. 3 relates consumption of metformin and guanylurea to recovery literature data on occurrence and environmental risks suggest to fur- in raw wastewater, efﬂuent and surface water in Ootmarsum. 82±52% ther study the fate and risks of this pharmaceutical in the water cycle.
of the degraded metformin can be recovered as guanylurea after the 3.8. Hydrochlorothiazide The predicted inﬂuent concentrations of hydrochlorothiazide in Ootmarsum and Enschede of 1.9 and 1.8 μg/L are respectively 15% and22% higher than the measured inﬂuent concentrations. These marginaldifferences could be explained by analytical uncertainties, and incom-plete use of sold medication or minor changes in consumption between2009 and 2010.
The STPs of Ootmarsum and Enschede removed on average 23% and 31% of the diuretic drug hydrochlorothiazide, respectively. Observed re-moval rates fall into the broad range reported in the literature that spansfrom 0 to 77% (Castiglioni et al., 2004; Radjenovic et al., 2007). Detailedstudies of the STP Ootmarsum show a signiﬁcantly more effective re-moval in September–October (43±17%) while the removal in Decem-ber was negligible (3±17%) (Table 3). Furthermore, the conventionalactivated sludge system appeared to be signiﬁcantly more effectivewith an average removal of 31±25% than the MBR system with a re-moval of only 9±26% (Table 3). These observations are in line withthe literature. Radjenovic et al. (2007) reported 0% removal of hydro-chlorothiazide in a STP with efﬂuent NH4–N concentrations ranging Fig. 3. Fate of metformin from consumption to surface water in Ootmarsum.
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M. Oosterhuis et al. / Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013) 380–388 activated sludge taking into account the molecular weight ratio of literature might be applicable to predict STP efﬂuent and surface water guanylurea and metformin. Furthermore metformin and guanylurea concentrations. However, the variation observed for the removal of cer- were monitored in receiving surface waters. 87% of the efﬂuent load of tain compounds reported in the literature, as well as signiﬁcantly differ- guanylurea could be recovered in the surface water showing that ent removal rates at different temperatures and hydraulic retention guanylurea is recalcitrant in surface water. The recovery of metformin in times in this study illustrate that emissions do vary within STPs and be- surface water exceeded 100% by nearly a factor two (187%). The apparent tween STPs. Removal efﬁciencies for carbamazepine, hydrochlorothia- increase of the efﬂuent load of metformin from efﬂuent to surface water zide and sotalol increased with wastewater temperature and hydraulic can probably not be attributed to grab sampling of the surface water, as retention time (Table 3). When the effects of temperature and hydraulic potential daily variations of concentrations of metformin are averaged retention time on removal of pharmaceuticals in STPs are taken into ac- by one day retention in the treatment system and four days retention in count, a more accurate prediction of efﬂuent and surface water concen- the wetland system and surface water. However, biological degradation trations is possible.
efﬁciency in CAS and MBR systems can vary in time (Tchobanoglous et The recovery of most pharmaceuticals in surface water after 4 days al., 2003). This might explain that the recovery in surface water exceeded retention was high (71–187%) which suggests that the pharmaceuticals 100%, as the concentrations in the surface water originate from emissions are persistent in the aqueous environment. However, the recovery in with a different ratio of metformin and guanylurea four days earlier.
surface water was studied in December at low temperatures and is not The number of users of metformin in the Netherlands increased with representing the average situation. Finally, a remarkable result of this 34% from 2006 to 2010 (GIP, health insurance college, www.gipdatabank.
study was that circa 50% of the consumed metformin could be recovered nl, accessed April 2012). The consumption of metformin is expected to as guanylurea in surface water.
grow as the number of people which suffer from diabetes increases in It has to be emphasized that sales data do not give any information the future (van der Aa et al., 2011). The high and increasing consumption on possible ecotoxicological or human health risks of pharmaceuticals.
of metformin and the formation of the recalcitrant guanylurea advocates So in addition to the consumption based assessment of the emissions further research on the behavior and possible ecotoxicological and and occurrence in the aqueous environment, toxicological evaluation human health risks of metformin and guanylurea in the water cycle.
is necessary to evaluate potential (environmental) risks.
4. General discussion and outlook In the current study, the applied selection of pharmaceuticals for monitoring was based on regional consumption data and their related • The current study illustrates that national consumption data of phar- emission to the sewer system on the basis of daily dose and human maceuticals can be very helpful for the selection of relevant pharma- excretion rate. It has been shown before that emissions of pharmaceu- ceuticals for environmental monitoring.
ticals could be estimated on the basis of national consumption data • Prediction of surface water concentrations can be improved when re- (Richardson and Bowron, 1985; Siemens et al., 2008). However, region- gional consumption data are used in combination with accurate data al consumption data might provide more accurate predictions of inﬂu- of STPs, i.e. removal rates, conditions and treatment techniques ap- ent concentrations when large discrepancies between regional and national consumption of pharmaceuticals exist. This was for example • Carbamazepine, hydrochlorothiazide, metoprolol and sotalol were sig- observed for sotalol and irbesartan (see Table S2 of the Supplemental niﬁcantly better removed at higher wastewater temperatures.
Information). The regional consumption of sotalol and irbesartan in • Carbamazepine, hydrochlorothiazide and sotalol were signiﬁcantly Ootmarsum exceeded national consumption with 40%. In this case the better removed by conventional activated sludge systems with longer predictions based on regional consumption were more accurate than hydraulic retention times while metoprolol was signiﬁcantly better predictions based on national sales data would have been.
removed in a membrane bioreactor with a short hydraulic retention For most studied pharmaceuticals in this study however, we found low differences between national and regional consumption. National • Metformin is readily biodegradable in activated sludge but is never- consumption data can thus be a ﬁrst tier in selecting relevant pharma- theless detected at high concentrations in efﬂuent and surface waters ceuticals and sampling locations in monitoring programs but prediction due to its high inﬂuent load. The high recovery of the biodegradation of inﬂuent concentrations, based on regional consumption, can be more product guanylurea illustrates that monitoring stable degradation accurate when large discrepancies between regional and national con- products can be relevant.
sumption of pharmaceuticals exist.
• Highest efﬂuent loads of pharmaceuticals to the environment are It should be noted that discrepancies between sales data and actual expected at low sludge temperatures. Therefore a worst case study consumption can exist due to delays between sales and actual use of of emissions of pharmaceuticals into the environment should be car- medication and temporal (seasonal) variations in pharmaceutical con- ried out in winter.
sumption. This can bias consumption based predictions of inﬂuent con-centrations and emissions into the environment. In this study annualregional sales data of 2009 were compared to monitoring data in 2010.
Consumption patterns might have shifted to some extent, however,this difference is expected to be marginal for the selected pharmaceuti- This work was funded by the water board Regge and Dinkel and cals. Furthermore, incomplete medication compliance might have bi- Agentschap NL. Supervision on data interpretation and literature re- ased our predictions. The magnitude of medication compliance is search was given within the joint research program of the Dutch drink- largely unknown, however, Claxton et al. (2001) reported rather low ing water companies (BTO). We thank local pharmacists for providing medication compliance of β-blockers of 71%. Biases due to variations in consumption data and human excretion rates and Pim de Voogt for con- seasonal consumption and delay between sales and actual use are structive comments to the manuscript.
expected to be less relevant since patients use all studied pharmaceuti-cals except diclofenac on a daily basis.
Regional sales data, human excretion rates, and STP removal rates Appendix A. Supplementary data can also be applied to predict emissions into the aquatic environment.
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