[permaculture] reed beds

mIEKAL aND dtv at mwt.net
Thu Feb 7 09:27:37 EST 2008

Anyone have links to designs for reed beds, especially ones closed in  


On Feb 7, 2008, at 8:00 AM, Christoph Redwitz wrote:

> 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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