LIFE PROJECT - NEW FLOATING MACROPHYTE FILTER SYSTEMS FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION

 


The Floating Macrophyte Filter system was developed by the School of Agricultural Engineering of Madrid (Spain) as a new method of wastewater treatment using manmade wetlands.

This system uses emergent macrophytes that root to the soil naturally (Typha, Scirpus, Iris, Sparganium) but that, in this case, are converted into artificially floating macrophytes. Since they float, these plants form a dense mat of roots and rhizomes that occupy the entire volume of the collector (pond or canal), forcing all the water to circulate through the matted roots, which support microorganisms that degrade organic material. The Floating Macrophyte Filter system eliminates eutrophicising elements, heavy metals and phenols.

The European Commission LIFE Program co-finances a demonstration project in the municipality of Lorca (Murcia Autonomic Community). Its objective is to design 8 Floating Macrophyte Filter prototypes for three population centres ranging from 150 to 500 inhabitants (Avilés, Coy, and Doña Inés), pig farms with 5 to 500 animals, single-family homes, and an Environmental Education Centre.

 
 
Detalle de los canales de Filtración