Contaminated Water

Wetland processes aid the removal (or transformation) of a range of different water contaminants such as organic substances (natural and manmade), metals, nutrients, and suspended particles and sediments.

Reed bed and wetland systems have long been used for wastewater treatment however, better understanding of the science behind these natural passive treatment systems has recently seen them designed and applied to a wider range of waste streams.

Benefits of Using Reedcells to Manage Contaminated Water

One of our currently operating reedcells successfully treats glycol contaminated storm water from a major airport. This operates as a sentinel system for the passive treatment and subsequent discharge of storm water from the site. Another one of our systems treats hydrocarbon-contaminated groundwater from a former oil refinery site. Once treated, the water is reused to irrigate the neighbouring golf course, saving our client millions of dollars in operational costs each year.

Our contaminated water reedcells are:
• Custom designed to suit each project
• Capable of treating a range of contaminants
• Cheaper to operate compared with alternative treatment methods
• Adaptable to a range of different sites/uses

Applications of Contaminated Water Reedcells

Reedbed Technology designs and constructs highly effective and simple to operate systems for treating a wide range of contaminant chemicals including ammonia, BOD, COD, suspended solids, organic chemicals, chlorinated organic chemicals, industrial solvents, and hydrocarbons.
Our contaminated water treatment systems have applications in groundwater remediation, industrial process water, and the treatment of landfill leachate. The design of each system is determined by the main contaminants of concern. Our team of design engineers and PhD-qualified scientists design our reed bed systems individually according to the contaminants present in the water, their loads and concentrations.