Green Sewage System
Probably the most green sewage system is the ECOCYCLET, formerly known as the Wastewater Garden. The first Canadian prototype was set up in Portland Ontario in 2004. Portland lies along the heartland of the World Heritage site of the historic Rideau Canal. Recently, installations have been completed in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick - and others are pending in eastern Ontario.
Traditionally, onsite wastewater treatment involves a septic tank with a tile bed designed to distribute wastewater to the ground. Occasionally, in rural locations holding tanks may be permitted, but they are not looked upon favourably, owing to added costs and the environmental concerns over where the contents can be dumped.
The ECOCYCLET is an engineered evapotranspiration bed - a closed loop system that does not discharge any wastewater. As a result ground and surface waters cannot be contaminated by pathogens and nutrients. This is a long term, cost effective and most environmentally sensible solution to the challenges of onsite wastewater.
If you are interested in this green sewage system for dealing with wastewater or want more information contact the
Centre for Sustainable Watersheds
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