Reed Bed Solutions and Technology

Oceans-ESU Ltd design reed bed treatment systems which are a natural way of treating contaminated water. Pollutants are decomposed by the actions of bacteria and microbes living in the soil amongst the reed bed roots.

Our treatment systems harness the power of these microbes, ensuring water can be treated in an efficient and controlled manner.

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    • 6
      Continents
    • 2012
      football pitches worth of reedbeds built
    • 13
      million reeds planted
    • 35yrs
      Experience
    • 358
      million litres of water treated daily (that’s 143 Olympic swimming pools!)

Case Studies

Combining Heavy Metal and Sewage Filtration

In this project, we demonstrate how soil based reed beds are very versatile and can be used to treat very different types in a combined system.

This reed bed we developed in 2003 and 15 years on, its still successfully treating water.

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4 Reed Beds to Treat Former Pesticide Facility

An old industrial site, used for pesticide research was converted with 4 reed beds.

Contaminated groundwater was cleaned over a 20 year period and securing the safety of rivers and sensitive areas nearby.

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Award winner

Billingham reed beds were designed and built to treat mixed waste waters from ICI, formerly the largest chemical facility of its type in Europe.

The site has since changed hands and continues to be used to treat tankered liquid waste, and has also won 2 prestigious awards.

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Treating 16,000 tonnes of Oily Water Daily

Oceans ESU reed beds are installed through out Sudan and South Sudan, treating all the
oil field produced water.

The first system was installed in 2003 to treat 16,000 tonnes per day of oily water.

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Enhanced Reed Bed (ERT) Technology

Enhanced Reed-Bed Treatment Technology (ERT) takes all the benefits of soil based reed beds, but further enhances their treatment capabilities by a unique series of processes designed to enhance microbial activity within the growing media.

Benefits of ERT Technology® include a greater treatment capacity, greater diversity of contaminants which can be degraded and reduced establishment times.

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  • Reed beds provide a green feature and benefit wildlife in a world where natural wetlands are becoming scarce

  • Soil based reed beds are cheap to operate and maintain

  • ERT Technology® cleans polluted waters by harnessing the natural power of nature

  • ERT Technology® offers enhanced treatment capabilities compared to standard constructed wetlands

  • Bacteria found in soil based reed beds are capable of breaking down many persistent organic pollutants

Applications

Soil based reed beds are a versatile technology with applications in many different industries including treatment of sewage and grey water, agricultural run off, landfill & composting leachates, airport run offs, oil fields, steel works, petrochemcials, contaminated groundwater, land and flood remediation.

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About Us

Oceans-ESU Ltd is a highly respected technical consultancy specialising in providing sustainable and integrated environmental solutions for a wide variety of industrial, retail and municipal applications.

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