WETLANDS & ENVIRONMENT
Constructed treatment wetlands are an ecologically sensitive approach to treating wastewater, and very environmentally friendly. The attractions of constructed wetlands include:
Simple to build
Low construction costs
Generally require no energy
Very low maintenance
WHY ARE WETLANDS IMPORTANT?
Constructed wetlands provide recreational opportunities for people; habitat provision for wildlife; a wastewater treatment system that combines function with aesthetics; and a system to store and treat wet-weather flows.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
One major disadvantage of wetlands is that they are not good at removing nitrogen species (i.e. ammonia and nitrate).
WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
Zeolite-anammox, however, is very efficient in removing nitrogen species, and can be constructed as a gravel wetland. Combining the two wetland types to form a composite system is, frankly, a “no-brainer”.