WATERPURIFICATION: HOW DO WE DO IT?

By letting nature do its work. And to help nature by making all processes streamlined. And that is of course quite special; nature doing all the work. A Constructed Wetland lasts some 25 years and chemicals will never have to be added.

Never adding chemicals and also hardly any electricity, except for the one time, short-term movement of the water. This makes the Constructed Wetland not only one of the best conceivable water treatment plants, it is certainly one of the most energy-efficient systems on the market. In fact, the system basicly runs on solar energy, because nature does the purifying work.

Often there are a number of settling sumps before the water enters the filtersystem, such as a septic tank and / or a grease separator. Here the insoluble and solid parts are left behind, such as soap and grease residues or feces and toilet paper. The nice thing is that even here the work is done by bacteria, they eat almost everything. That is why it can take up to 5 to 7 years before such a septic tank needs to be emptied.

(for really busy systems such as offices, conference venues, the frequency is higher and for their grease traps it even applies that they have to be emptied every six months … Business and domestic systems differ a bit in this area.)

From a sedimentation sump only the water, i.e. without the insoluble particles, is pumped into the reed bed. The ‘dirty’ water trickles through the filter in a day or three and is then clear and odorless again. The purified water is not drinking water, but the plants in the garden like to drink and discharging it on surface water is no longer a problem.

The Constructed Wetland was ‘invented’ about 65 years ago,

MORE ABOUT the HOW and WHAT of CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS

(although the oldest known system, described as a Constructed Wetland is from someone called Nemo, dating from 1904 and deals with a system in Hornsby, Australia … indeed: secret door material, there you can find the article …)

But mother nature has been doing it for billions of years, of course. A lot of scientific work has been done and the treatment systems have become ‘mature’. There may already be more than 100,000 worldwide and in the Netherlands there are at least 1,000 operational.

ECOFYT has now designed more than 550 constructed wetlands and has been involved in the construction of such systems on almost all continents. ECOFYT is also intensively involved in the scientific side. For seasoned specialists and up-and-coming talent, there is much more specific information to be found behind the secret door (hyper link invoegen) geheime deur.

WHAT IS ECOFYT SELLING, IF NATURE DOES ALL THE WORK?

This can be divided into many facets, but from the first analysis up to and including construction and maintenance, we can take care of it all. Chronologically it looks like this:

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