WASTREAT

ECOS OUVERTURE  1997-1999

External Inter-regional Co-operation Projects

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WASTREAT  in brief

 

Constructed wetlands are used to treat municipal wastewater treatment (especially in small communities), to sustainably manage and protect water and soil resources and to save more water for irrigation and other uses. They mimic the physicochemical and biological processes of natural wetlands. Effluents are lead to large specially constructed basins, which are planted with wetland plants (e.g. reeds). These constructed wetlands have several advantages over other sophisticated treatment systems. For example, they do not downgrade the landscape (in certain instances they upgrade it), they are simpler to construct, they are less costly in operation and maintenance, and they need less energy inputs.

During December 1999, the execution of an inter-regional cooperation project has started. The project will be carried out in Greece and Bulgaria, and it involves the construction of 2 wetland systems in communities of Municipality of Exomburgo Tinos (Greece), and 1 system in the Community of Zvezditsa (Bulgaria), aiming at municipal wastewater treatment and reuse.

Proposed site for constructed wetland at Tinos island, Greece

 

AIMS OF THE PROJECT

Building constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment in small communities, promotion of their advantages and dissemination of such systems in member and non-member states of the European Union.

Training of the projectís partners, on the operation and monitoring of constructed wetlands.

Exchange of experience, and study of the effectiveness of constructed wetlands under local conditions.

Study of the treated wastewater for irrigation purposes.

 

EXPECTED BENEFITS

Inter-regional co-operation and dissemination of the experience on alternative wastewater treatment techniques, gained by previous research projects in Greece and Germany.

Promotion of constructed wetlands as a management tool for the conservation of water and soil resources.

Effective wastewater treatment and reduction of pathogens.

Water saving by the reuse of treated wastewater.

Aesthetic improvement of the landscape, by planting trees and shrubs in the perimetric zone of constructed wetlands and irrigating those trees and shrubs with treated wastewater.

 

FINANCIAL SOURCE

The three-year project (November 1999-August 2002) is co-financed by the European Commission.

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

Greece:  Prefecture of Cyclades (Project Leader), Greek Biotope/ Wetland

Centre (Ň ¬’), Regional Development Agency of Cyclades, Municipality of

Exomburgo Tinos, Municipality of Amorgos, Municipality of Ios

Germany:  Municipality of Samtgemeinde Rosche, Community of Bauckhof 

Sozialtherapeutiche Gemeinschft, Planungsburo Burka

Bulgaria:  Municipality of Varna, Community of Zvezditsa, Water Supply/Sewage

Treatment Agency, Technical University of Varna

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EKBY (Greek Biotope / Wetland Centre)