The Project


To deal with the complex issue of micro-contamination of soil, food, water and air, a comprehensive set of complementary techniques and methods is required. MEDUWA-Vecht(e) (MEDicines Unwanted in WAter) is a collaborative project of 27 Dutch and German companies, universities, hospitals, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. This coalition develops products and services that address the emissions of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria in soil, food, water and air, and, at the same, support the regional economy. The most innovative aspect of the MEDUWA project is that it deals with several stages of the life cycle of pharmaceuticals. The following aspects are included:

  • measurement,¬†visualization and communication of the problem,
  • simulating measures, and¬†
  • mitigation¬†and prevention.¬†

With the help of information and communication technology, strategies, techniques and methods are integrated in order to manage the soil and water system in the catchment area. For more details, see the overview of MEDUWA Innovations.


MEDUWA-Vecht (e) focuses on the
cross-border catchment of the
Vechte River as a case study.







                                                                    Fig. 1: Project activity classes in MEDUWA



                                                         Fig. 2: Distribution of project activities in relation to the life cycle of drugs