European Union withdraws on biocides
The European Union has withdrawn the approval for three common biocides following a decision made at the beginning of the year. The three biocides are Triclosan, Cybutryne and Poly(hexamethylene) biguanide hydrochloride (PHMB).
Triclosan is the most common as it’s found as an antibacterial agent in soaps and other cosmetic products, although its use has been declining. It’s listed as a ‘specific pollutant’ under the Water Framework Directive. The European Water Framework Directive was set out in 2000 to achieve good qualitative and quantitative status of all water bodies including marine waters.
It was estimated by the Environment Agency in 2014 that approximately 450 water bodies in the United Kingdom could have an excess of triclosan. Triclosan can be checked using High Performance Liquid Chromatography and although the removal of Triclosan at such low concentrations can be difficult, it’s achievable, and at Clearwater Technology we are best placed to help you determine if you’re above the new set level of 0.28 µg/L.
This is because Clearwater Technology’s team of consultants provide site survey and risk assessments with an emphasis on providing guidance and practical solutions. If problems are found (potential or existing) then detailed reports along with recommendations for practical solutions are documented. They offer advice to improve the safety of the systems and provide recommendations for reducing energy costs, water consumption, chemical usage and effluent discharge.
Contact Clearwater Technology today to find out how we could help you achieve the new standards on 08000 937 936 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org