Propranol Removal From Water

We ran various concentrations of Propranol through our Nyex Rosalox water treatment system and found we were able to reduce both large and small concentrations to extremely low levels (limit of detection). The system parameters can be defined by the application criteria, so that the level of reduction matches the requirements.

What we achieved

Arvia’s Nyex Rosalox™ technologies reduced 0.0004 µg/L to below the limit of detection and from 0.26 µg/L to 0.02 µg/L.

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What is Propranolol used for

Patients with heart problems take propranolol to:

  • Treat high blood pressure;
  • Treat arrhythmia, like atrial fibrillation;
  • Help prevent future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes;
  • Help prevent chest pain caused by angina.Propranolol slows down the heart rate, making it easier for the heart to pump blood around the body. It’s available as fast and slow-release tablets as well as a liquid.

Propranolol water pollution

How Propranolol gets into water is mainly because it’s taken orally. A percentage is not absorbed by the body and the residue is excreted, finding its way into sewers.

Other causes of Propranolol in water include improper disposal or dumping.

Many municipal water treatment works were built some time ago and were never designed to remove endocrine disruptors, as the harmful effects of these compounds were not known.

As a result, it passes through waterworks and thence into watercourses and the sea, where beta blockers in water have been proven to adversely affect marine life.

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Does Ozone remove propranolol?

Using RO (reverse osmosis) techniques and by the use of ozone introduction, it is possible to remove appreciable quantities of Propranolol from water. This is because all beta blocker molecules have moieties, which are reactive towards ozone.

For some years, this has been one of the accepted methods of removing beta blockers from water. The major disadvantage of this method is that ozone is injurious to health and challenging to handle.

Does Gac remove Propranolol?

Hydroxyl radicals in Beta blockers can be adsorbed by GAC (granular activated carbon) filtration systems with acceptable results in many cases

The obvious disadvantage of this system is that the media degrades, and any GAC system will then need taking offline to be replenished. Additionally, the residue from this process is a toxic sludge which either has to be re-activated or incinerated – both of which require large amounts of energy. In extreme cases, spent carbon media is buried in landfill.

Propranolol removal from surface water

Chemical treatment and GAC filtration techniques to remove propranolol from water have major environmental and safety disadvantages compared with our eco alternative – the Arvia Rosalox™ system.

It’s a unique combination of adsorption and electrochemistry and has been proven to remove Propranolol from water down to very low levels.

In tests conducted by Arvia, 99% of propranolol was removed from municipal wastewater; from 0.0004 µg/L to below the limit of detection. In another test, we removed from 0.26 µg/L to 0.02 µg/L, showing the system’s capabilities both at trace and low levels of contamination.

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