Reed Beds are Natures way of self healing.
Reed beds are a natural filtration process used in conjunction with a Sewage Treatment Plant to further enhance the quality of effluent migrating into surrounding water course of a domestic environment.
A reed bed is only required when local water authorities request a better quality of effluent than that discharged from the standard sewage treatment units.
Benefits of Reed Beds:
Tertiary sewage treatment for new applications with tight discharge
Satisfies new building regulations
Improved effluent quality for existing works
Very low maintenance
Aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly
Easy to install our Reed Bees
Takes advantage of the heightened environmental awareness factors.
Reed Beds and ecological sewage treatment systems.
Reed beds for sewage treatment comprise of an area in the garden with tall grass like plants, reeds, growing to 2 meters in height above the gravel of a filter bed. The area for a family of 5 people will be 3 m x 3 m approx for basic treatment and a second bed of similar area for polishing or tertiary treatment of the final discharge = 9 sq meters x 2 reed beds.
Reed beds are often specified in order to avoid long-term mechanical or electrical maintenance. Unlike package treatment plants, reed beds, assuming adequate fall, can work by gravity alone. Reed beds are therefore a natural alternative to mechanised systems in Ireland.
To move the wastewater through the system the reed bed site would require a vertical fall of 2 to 4.5 meters to avoid pumps. Reed beds without pumps therefore tend to be site specific.
Reed Beds Maintenance.
Reed beds for a domestic house do however require about 5 hrs per year of weeding/gardening. Sludge from septic tanks should be removed every two years. Alternatively remove Human feces matter compost every 3 to 5 years and use in your flower bed.