What is it about?

the objective of the following work was to evaluate the use of artificial wetlands with vertical sub surface flow (AW-VSSF) to treat the water of a natural swimming pool and to study the effect of the operating factors (hydraulic load and vegetation) that influence the elimination efficiency of pollutants.

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This work evaluates two artificial vertical flow wetlands, one on a real scale and the other on a laboratory scale, which have been planted with Typha domingensis, for the treatment of pool water. The presence of vegetation favoured the elimination of nitrogen compounds (nitrates and ammonium) and organic materials (BOD and COD). In the phytodepuration area of the AW-VSSF, efficiencies of elimination of faecal and total coliforms were greater than 90%.


This research has shown that NSPs are an adequate and sustainable alternative to diversify recreational options, promoting the elimination of the use of chemical compounds for water disinfection, as well as the increase in economic benefits and the improvement of social and environmental impacts

PhD Yans Guardia-Puebla
Universidad de Granma

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This page is a summary of: Effect of hydraulic loading rate and vegetation on phytoremediation with artificial wetlands associated to natural swimming pools, Journal of Water and Land Development, March 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.2478/jwld-2019-0004.
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