What is a reed bed?Reed beds are gravel filled, contained, shallow beds, planted with aquatic plants (e.g. reeds), specially designed to treat wastewater including sewage (single and multiple dwellings), agricultural, industrial and road wastewaters.
There are various ways a reed bed removes pollution, however like conventional systems; the plants oxygenate the water and aid diverse bacterial populations.
The bacteria then reduce contaminants to compounds used by the plants and microorganisms.
..........Reed bed technology has been extensively used and researched for more than 20 years now. They are a well recognised and established technology across Europe.
These systems are deigned and engineered using the most up to date research and specifications.
..........Once the reeds create an established stand usually after the first growing season, the reed bed requires little to no maintenance with the foliage blending naturally into the landscape, ever changing with the seasons.
As for all treatment systems a polishing filter (percolation area) is required. However, for an additional ecological value tertiary treatment ponds or willow beds can be constructed to "polish" the effluent further.