[permaculture] reed beds

Christoph Redwitz latuerlich at gmx.de
Thu Feb 7 09:00:27 EST 2008

It not yet a concret plan. It's more a dream: moving to a warmer place.
Evapotranspiration is here in Germany no problem. The reed beds a 
working very well. But i in hot climat, one says: reed beds are a good 
option, because you can recycle your greywater in that way, and other 
say, you can use reed beds but u wont get water back. But actually i 
have these statements out of literatur. Thats why i am asking now here :)

Lawrence F. London, Jr. schrieb:
> Christoph Redwitz wrote:
>> Hi!
>> Does anybody have some experience with read bed purification in dry 
>> areas? I'v read about it, that it is not practical there, because of the 
>> high evapotranspiration loss of water. But on the other hand i heard of 
>> many people that they use it. Do you get water back from that system? 
>> And can you use the reed propperly?
>> Are there more effectiv plants to use on that kind of pourification?
> Reedbed greywater purification systems are widely used in the UK.
> Is evapotranspiration a problem unique to using reeds in beds?
> If so maybe erecting some kind of greenhouse over the bed would reduce that water loss
> and infuse the system with clean condensed water from the inside surfaces of the greenhouse.
> Left partly open in hot weather for ventilation and closed in cold this structure could
> be left in place year round. Where are you thinking of using this system? Europe?
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