The Wetlands Biological Sewerage treatment project at Kitezh Children’s Community & Orion is now completed.
On 31st March 2005 Ecologia Trust received a grant to build Reedbeds for biological wastewater treatment at Kitezh and Orion under the auspices of Small Environmental Projects Scheme, Russia (SEPS-3).
The project was funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and managed by the British Council. The project was completed in October 2006.
This project provides an innovative and ecological approach to the problem of how to deal with troublesome wastewater that typically pollutes the surrounding countryside, rivers and streams. The average person living in Kitezh uses 150 litres of water per day. For 70 people, 10,500 litres have to be cleaned every day. Now Kitezh and Orion can demonstrate a clean, natural alternative to this eternal, difficult and unpleasant problem.
Wastewater from the houses in Kitezh is cleaned through the wetland. The water comes from an underground well and is stored in a water tower. Water flows from the houses to the septic tank and then enters the wetland. The aerobic and anaerobic bacteria that live on the roots of the plants and on the gravel break down the nitrogen, suspended solids, and disease causing bacteria. The plants bring oxygen into the water and absorb pollutants. After this process is finished, the treated water that flows out of the wetland will not pollute the land, ground water or streams.
Please contact us if you would like a copy of the Manual that accompanies the Reedbed system.