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”. 

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