REED BED SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
We specialise in soil based reed beds which offer much better treatment capabilities than gravel based systems, and they have the added advantage that they don’t need periodic digging out and replacement like many gravel based constructed wetlands do.
Soil based reed beds are very versatile and can be used to treat a wide range of different pollutants and waste waters. They can be designed to work in different climates and to solve waste water problems of different scales. Our large scale systems for oil fields treat more than 50 million litres of contaminated water every day!
Not only are reed beds an environmentally friendly solution, they can be very cost effective too. Often, they can be designed to be entirely passive systems, operating by gravity with no mechanical or electrical parts. This means operational costs are minimal, and they only require basic horticultural care to ensure they continue to achieve the relevant water quality requirements.
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 of water in a combined system.
We developed this reed bed in 2003 and 15 years on, it is still successfully treating water.
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, securing the safety of rivers and sensitive areas nearby.
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.