Wastewater Gardens International

Wastewater Gardens International

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Wastewater Gardens International (WWGI) was created to promote good water governance and best practice as well as ecologically-based solutions for wastewater effluent and water management. Initiated by Dr. Mark Nelson, Chairman of the Institute of Ecotechnics, and developed with Florence Cattin and other collaborators, our network aims to design, build and train people worldwide in the ecotechnology of subsurface flow constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. The approach draws on decades of research and practical experience. The involvement of its members varies depending on the nature of the project, from help in system design and engineering to on-site construction and training. More information on the systems, regional affiliates and officers is available at http://www.wastewatergardens.com

Wastewater Gardens systems are an environmentally-friendly approach to treating and recycling residential sewage, animal slurry and other types of contaminated water, protecting the groundwater and greening the landscape. The ideal applications for constructed wetlands are for houses, businesses, communities and all operations using water which do not have connections to centralized wastewater treatment systems and must do on-site treatment and reuse.

In many coastal and inland communities, human waste is not treated at all or only through septic tanks, which then seep into groundwater and eventually affect human health and the health of rivers, lakes and the ocean. Fecal coliform, a bacteria found in sewage, and other pathogens pollute the groundwater, and the excessive nitrogen and phosphorus cause damage to natural ecosystems creating atrophy. Whether from industries, homes, businesses, restaurants and hotels, untreated wastewater is a major health and environmental problem which constructed wetlands, along with other environmental engineering technics, can successfully address, with the advantage of creating a whole range of additional environmental and economic benefits to those of solely treatment.

More info at www.wastewatergardens.com

NEWS

2010 – Commonwealth of Australia
The West Australian, “Biosphere Birdwood – The minds behind a Kimberley savannah want us to rethink the way we live”, 14 August 2010

2010 – Commonwealth of Australia
The West Australian, “Wastewater recycling brings in the green”, 13 August 2010

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EDEN IN IRAQ is a water remediation project in the wetlands of S. Iraq using art, environmental design, and wastewater to create a restorative garden for recreation, education, and contemplation.

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