Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Million Dollar Worth Of Gold Flushes Through Swiss Sewers Every Year

In Switzerland they just throw this stuff away In Switzerland they just throw this stuff away. Alchemist-hp CC BY-SA 3.0
Preston Stone | 12 October, 2017, 11:49

Scientists have struck gold in an unlikely place: Swiss sewage and waste water treatment plants.

However, besides for gold, the report shows, the Swiss sewage becomes more and more crowded as the years go by, because annually almost 3.000 kilograms of silver are being thrown away.

Gold and silver aren't the only valuable items found in Swiss waste water this year.

At certain sites such as Ticino, where several gold refineries are present, the concentration of the yellow metal in the sewage sludge is high enough for the recovery to be "potentially worthwhile", said a press release published by Eawag scientists on October 10.

The discovery of sewer gold in Switzerland has social media talking. However, the study also produced surprising findings on other trace elements in wastewater, including rare earth metals such as gadolinium and the heavy metal niobium. The researchers investigated the extent to which treatment plants contribute to total fluxes in receiving waters.

Hamas says progress made in Palestinian reconciliation talks
Israel's enmity with Hamas means greater unity with Fatah is unlikely to help any future efforts for a peace deal with Israel. It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has faced deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

The report says the study focused primarily on the fluxes and mass balances, rather than recovery value.

Scientists reported that about millions of dollars worth of gold and silver float through Switzerland's sewer systems every year.

The researchers believe the tiny flecks of gold flow into the waste water system from the country's famed watchmaking industry and gold refineries. About 70 per cent of the world's gold passes through the country's refineries on average every year.

However, this is not the first time that metals have been detected in sewage sludge.

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