The world of wastewater treatment has long been a fairly standard process. At the University of Oklahoma, though, that may soon change. A new floating wetland experiment could prove to be exactly what the wastewater industry needs to move toward a very different future.
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma engineered four different floating treatment wetland designs utilizing various materials and wetland plants. They used materials including drainpipe, burlap, mulch, utility netting, and recycled plastic bottles, as well as plants like cattails and common rush over a period of three years, continually measuring the effects these wetlands had on the water around them.
One of the best results of the experiment was that these floating treatment wetlands could affect water quality on a very natural basis. In today’s current treatment methods, processing the nitrogen is key to complete wastewater treatment. The plants may be able to do just that because they can naturally eliminate contaminants in the water. Moreover, microbes thrive at the base of these wetlands, and they carry out processes that help break down the nitrogen in the water.
The team, admittedly, still has quite a bit of research to do. They don’t yet know how to make the floating wetlands sustain themselves, and they still haven’t landed on the perfect design. Moreover, though, there may not be enough space at most water treatment facilities to create these wetlands.
While wetlands may be part of the future of the world of water treatment, Komax is easily one of the most important parts of the current water treatment landscape. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help enhance your water treatment facility.