Our wetland treatment systems, inspired by nature, showcased to two different audiences on the same day
Yesterday, WWT held its annual general meeting at Slimbridge, where we are based, and Members received an update from Marie on some of our recent wetland treatment system projects and the range of effluents that we are successfully treating using the natural processes that occur in wetlands. From zoo poo to brewery bottle washings and school toilets to high-end technical specification systems for petrochemical contact water, a wide range of project case studies was shown.
Meanwhile, Matthew was at WWT’s London Wetland Centre, which was this year’s venue for the 8th Annual Conference of the Constructed Wetlands Association (CWA), entitled Constructed Wetlands – Water Management, Treatment and Reuse. Matt is the Secretary of CWA and welcomed over 50 delegates from the UK and Europe for the two day conference.
Delegates enjoyed presentations on the use of wetland treatment systems for a range of applications, including industrial wastewaters, domestic sewage, rural diffuse pollution and the use of sustainale drainage schemes (SUDS). They also had a site visit to a system at Heathrow Airport that treats surface runoff contaminated with de-icer before discharging it safely to a water course.
Matt said: “It was a fantastic chance to hear the latest advancements in wetland treatment system technology and to share experiences from industry, agriculture and domestic wastewater sectors”
One of the key themes of the conference, led by the Keynote Speaker, Rob McInnes, Director of RM Wetlands and Environment, was to ensure that additional benefits beyond water treatment are maximised in designs, such as flood storage, biodiversity, recreation, education and economic livelihoods – music to our ears as we look to achieve this in all of our designs.
You can see the programme from the conference by clicking on the image below and you can see some of our wetland treatment system projects here.