The SIPIBEL (Site Pilote de Bellecombe) project

Leading organisations:
GRAIE - Groupe de Recherche Rhône-Alpes sur les Infrastructures et l'Eau and Syndicat des Eaux des Rocailles et de Bellecombe


Geographic Area:
Central Europe Western Europe


The Site Pilote de Bellecombe (SIPIBEL) was created in 2011 in order to study the characterisation, treatability and impacts of hospital effluents in a urban sewage treatment plant.

Target audience:
Environmental experts, General Public, Health Professionals, Hospitals, Hospitals/health system stakeholders, Scientists, Waste/water treatment providers, and Water/waste service providers

Area of interest:
Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Pharmaceutical consumption by humans, Risks to ecosystems, Wastewater, and Water treatment technologies


Research programs:
1) 2012-2015: IRMISE Arve Aval – French-Swiss program
Focused on the impact of micropollutant discharges from WWTP downstream of the Arve catchment and on the Genevese Aquifer

2) 2014-2018: RILACT SIPIBEL Site Pilote de Bellecombe – Risks and action-levers
Project: “Risks and measures related to pharmaceutical, detergent and biocide discharges in hospital and urban effluents”

3) 2015-2016: MediATeS SIPIBEL Site Pilote de Bellecombe – Territorial coordination
Project: “Awareness of the ‘pharmaceuticals in water’ issue”

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HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission (EC)’s LIFE+ programme, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). HCWH Europe is solely responsible for the content of this project and related materials. The views expressed do not reflect the official views of the EC, BMU, or UBA.