|Design Capacity:||Up to 2 Million GPD|
|Influent Water Quality:||Domestic/Industrial Wastewater or Sewage|
|Effluent Water Quality:|| Reclaimed Water
|Disinfection:||Dual-Stage (UV + Chlorine)|
|Effluent Water Use:|| Cooling Tower Make-Up
Subsurface & Spray Irrigation
Decorative Fountain/Water Features
|Placement:||Indoor (Glasshouse) or outdoor systems|
|Plantings:|| Native (Outdoor)
Non-Native Species (Indoor Systems)
Hydroponic reactors utilize plant racks suspended over aerated wastewater tanks to provide substrate for treatment microorganisms. Sustainable Water has developed a palette of plant species that naturally grow long roots in this wastewater environment despite ample water and nutrients.
Plant roots exhibit a fractal growth pattern that has evolved to maximize surface area in a given volume. Our research has found that plant roots provide more surface area per cubic meter than synthetic media typically found in MBBRs. Like MBBR media, they are naturally self-scouring in aerated reactors due to their flexibility. The root surfaces also provide supplemental aeration and catalyze an ecology of grazing microorganisms (protozoa and microcrustaceans) that help reduce sludge volumes and increase the efficiency of the treatment process.
Sustainable Water has optimized the design of Hydroponic Reactors for deployment in public spaces. Our rack systems included 4-6” of light-weight aggregate that acts as a natural biofilter supplementing carbon air filtration systems.
Compared to traditional biological treatment systems, hydroponic reactors allows for significant reductions in physical footprint, sludge production, and energy use. These systems also create a beautiful Living Laboratory for student or community engagement.