Friday, September 19, 2014

electrons and wastewater treatment!

This early morning I have listen a radio program here in Italy. The topic was "wastewater treatment with bacteria and electrons". Great!!! I thought, one more idea on wastewater treatment different than the traditional systems.
Here the link to the podcast:
radio link ( just in Italian) to RADIO 24 ILSOLE24ORE

I was also interviewed in the same radio few years ago. 


Well, I promptly contacted the prof. that following this project, which has kindly responded.I have also know that he is a wetland's friend!!!

"Aquaelectra is a project funded through the programme  INNPACTO from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
This collaborative project has three objectives: to develop a natural system of sewage treatment using wetlands, to establish a bioelectric anaerobic treatment system for wastewater and to build a bioelectrogenic removal system of nutrients (nitrogen).
Bioelectrogenesis is a novel process by which certain bacteria can oxidize organic matter and transfer electrons generated directly to a solid surface conductive, for example, graphite so we can obtain and store clean energy.
Members  of Aquaelectra are IMDEA-Water Institute (Bioelectrogenesis group),  CENTA Foundation (Centre for New Water Technologies) and wastewater and water treatment companies JOCA, DAM  and Euroestudios, responsible for coordinating the projec."
From the web at http://www.aquaelectra.es

Saturday, September 13, 2014

TED Sidney, Nigel Marsh. a Great speech.

Nigel Marsh:
How to make work-life balance work


"Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen." copied from the following TED web page.

I want to share with you, my dear blog readers, this great talk of the TED in Sidney
http://www.ted.com/talks/nigel_marsh


and his  fb at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nigel-Marsh


TED  is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.   from http://www.ted.com/

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ecuador, a consulting for a friend!

"Hi prof, Luca here. I'm in Ecuador and need your experience to design a treatment wetlands for the discharge of  400 pigs. Actually they send pig slurry and wastewater into the river".

These are the first words wrote by Luca, a student of mine few years ago, which is actually in Ecuador for his university training.

The situation is common as in a lot of other places in the world. There is a discharge that is used to be sent into the nearest river. This is done because is the easiest way to be done. But not the right.
But thanks to some enlightened minds a good choice is done: treat it before the discharge.

I copy here few pictures of the situation sent by Luca:





He have had also the great idea to make a sketch.... but in situation like this it have to be consider the executive design:

Great job! thanks to share with me this experience!
Keep in touch to see the construction!




Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scottish Water invests in £8.7m aerated wetland scheme

Great news from Scotland!!!

Scottish Water has invested £8.7 million in an aerated wetland scheme at Cowdenbeath to improve its combined sewer network.

The water company has been working with reed bed specialists ARM Limited and Barhale Construction since September 2013 to design and construct a wetland scheme which will treat the spill flows from two Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) for attenuation and treatment before being discharged into the Lochgelly Burn.
 Located to the south of Cowdenbeath Golf Course, the £8.7million project involved the construction of two units; the first a flow balancing shaft settlement system for sedimentation of solids and the second a 4,000m2, two metre deep saturated, vertical flow aerated wetland fitted with Forced Bed AerationTM (FBATM).

text copied from http://waterbriefing.org/

Monday, September 1, 2014

new project ahead. ready to start!

you can image what we are plan to do in the next months... a new collaboration is ready to rise up new environment, strenght env. conciousness, create beautiful landscape.
Noah Manarang from Vetiver Farm Incorporated in Philippines and me are planning to do something great in one of the most beautiful city in the world. Follow she and her projects also on facebook and on my profile .facebook.com/davide.tocchetto


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

something about... just few thoughts

"< Hi, my specialty is to spread the use of natural systems for water purification, clarify and resolve your doubts on them, and also design systems worldwide. Thank you for join me on this blog! >" These are the opening words of presentation of my blog www.treatmentwetlands.blogspot.com. All that words are right and real: speciality, spread, natural system, worldwide, thank you. I did all of these words.
I started my business with the slogan "I want to learn," and I learned. I chased several trains to try to get the best for me to explore the themes of my interest. I've never had difficulty learning and perhaps this has led me to lose sight of one important aspect: money. The greens are important, you have to have so many, so why have mental freedom to devote your time to the things that really matter. It is certainly important work, eight, ten hours a day does not bring happiness, but are the actions you do during those hours that you can lead somewhere. During these hours and I've always thought about the good of others and did not earn. I falsely developed certain activities only for secondary interests that I drew from them. I have traveled, and all of these travels have taken me to a very internal growth, but not money. And now I declare that I want money, to do something, I have plans. If anyone is looking for me you need to know. I'm good in the initial stages of contact, send me to Iraq, Senegal, Gaza, Brazil, Algeria, Slovakia and where the hell you want, I go, I leave, I take information, I understand the things you need, share knowledge, I value strategies, I find the contacts that you serve. I do not want to write long documents, only simple report on the feasibility or otherwise of what you want to develop. But please remember that I do it with enthusiasm and just for the money. "You do not work for money?", Well, me too.
I have a large degree of autonomy even if I try a shoulder to share the steps. Sometimes I try a parallel track, to grow, to manage the process with enthusiasm and growth of business. I found this shoulder, one shoulder very strong, but the roads have not crossed over yet.
For almost fifteen years I dedicate myself to something that got me to where I am now. I tell you that I'm not fully satisfied, I am missing something. I have three wonderful children that bind me here where I am now, but my mind takes me elsewhere, always looking to develop some ideas. They are happy of my movements. Wacky ideas, ideas that are great. Only one, however, I have patented. Having it patented in a great way, in seven months from the idea to the patent, makes me believe that it is possible. It is possible to do things in a linear way, directly. I have built and tested the prototype and then we did it. And it works. This flywheel of enthusiasm, however, has not been used as I had to. My mind has always been conditioned by judgments, even positive ones I could see them as critical, and this made me go back. Downgrade from somewhere. Then up but without concluding anything great. I have to do it alone? maybe it's better? Is there anyone out there who can hear me? who listens to me? I need a new mindset, a straight channel.

Perhaps it is the context that is not for me. Maybe if I was somewhere else I would have done differently, that's for sure. I'm not here to pity myself, just to analyze the situation, I am here ready to accept a new way of doing, bring me the money.
Today I received an email from linkedin, and gave me this opportunity, "Be known for what you know - Strengthen your reputation by sharing your perspectives with your network.". I could sit here and write how good I am or how many plants I have designed, or how many languages I speak. But not, I shared my analysis and my thoughts. The next chapter I will write also because of you that you have understood these words of mine.

create new wetlands for flood reduction, Greenwood in Delaware.

Yes, constructed new wetlands is a good way to improve flood control.

In Greenwood, Delaware, a series of tax ditches drained the land, but in some cases heavy water flow during storms caused the ditch banks to erode.
Pictures, video and more text at the original web page:

web at delawareonline.com

web at water.tallyfox.com

Saturday, August 23, 2014

are you in New York? Join the NY sun Works GreenHouse project and the People's Climate March.

Will you be in NY next 21 September?  Join the Peolple's climate march around Manhattan!!!

web at peoplesclimate.org

fb ... facebook.com/peoplesclimatemarch?fref=nf


The Greenhouse Project is a program of New York Sun Works dedicated to improving environmental science education in NYC public schools through a hands-on integrated curriculum and professional development.
They manage a science barge in NY pier, where is installed a treatment wetlands system!

the route of the march


the treatment wetland in the Barge:


Friday, August 22, 2014

amazing floating wetland with fabulous vetiver made by Hana Cosmetic

well, I have a patent of a floating structure for create artificial floating wetlands... but in 8 years onf works I have never done a great structure like this. My best Congratulations to the authors!

Take a look at this spectacular project in these links to articles and information:


picture cutted from the video linked below.

spectacular full video

instagram.com/

popupcity.net

www.sustainablebrands.com

VetiverFarmsPhilippines on facebook


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

more on treatment wetland in Alpine climate

as you know and as I have discussed with many readers of this blog I'm managing a wetland system in a Dolomiti's Hut: the Rifugio Bosconero. Dolomiti is UNESCO from 2005 site and is so important to keep the environment clean.
The Bosconero treatment wetland plant was installed in 2004/2005 and after more or less ten years of operation still show a good aspect. Yes, I transplant a lot of plants during the time but the management is an important part of the excellence of this kind of system.
are you able to find the difference beetween the following pictures?

This show the TWs in Bosconero Hut at 1500 m above sea leve in Alpine climate:

This show the TWs in a continental North Italy Plain at 80 m above sea level.


 May be is only the management the key of the success?

more on floating wetlands


Many of you know that I really like floating treatment wetlands. Take a look to this good article about ... again... SPRUCE STREET HARBOUR PARK in Philadelphia (US). I like it very much.. congrats friends!!!!
originally copied from:
http://www.uwishunu.com - spruce street harbor park 
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) 


 the project was set up by my friend Rob and the floatingislandsolutions

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

classic questions about treatment wetlands: work in cold climates?

If you work in treatment wetlands technology or if you are searching information about this green solution, you probably dealt with the question "work in cold climates?".

I know many treatment plants in cold regions all over the world but the following is one of the biggest, the newest, the well built: the Orhei treatment wetland plant in Moldova

Shortly copied from the globalwettech.com web site I summarize here few informations.

Visit the web site for more pictures and info.

  • In operation since: 2013
  • Type of wastewater treated: Domestic
  • Type of wastewater (other): + food processing
  • Hydraulic load: 4600 m³/day
  • Organic load (PE): 21.666 PE
  • Organic design load (kg BOD/day): 1300
  • Location: Orhei
  • Client: PIU Moldovia - WorldBank
  • Stage 1 type: French system
  • Stage 1 surface area (m²): 18.000
  • Stage 2 type: Vertical flow, unsaturated
  • Stage 2 surface area (m²): 17.000

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

a new and interesting book, written by a dear friend: Mark Nelson

After seven years I worked with him by e-mail, I finally met at the airport in Istanbul in March 2013, where we were both leaving for Iraq. He is a person truly exquisite and very knowledgeable. His past experiences have given him a lot and all of its current activities are admirable and very appreciable.

Here I show his last book on wastewater treatement within the technology that he has developed and registered: the WasteWaterGarden (TM).
Now available on amazon   and other book web site !!!

Thank you Mark to involve me in your projects
the front cover of the book

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The project in Iraq is going on....

Hello to All of our friends in Iraq,

We are with you always and very worried for your safety. We are still working for your beautiful country to keep it green and the water healthy.  We continue to design the Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden at Al Manar. This will be a 20,000 sq meter public site -on the way to the Mesopotamia Marshes National Park- where you can rest and enjoy your time.  Here are our first drawings for the wastewater garden at the Al Manar water treatment plant. We will have more realistic drawings soon.

But we wanted you to have something NOW to dream about for the future. So imagine a large area with plants, flowers,  trees, tiles, and reed  structures  that is actually cleaning the water before it goes into the Euphrates,
It will be a place to help recover from all of the strife.  
                                              
 In the face of war, environmental work has to continue for the health of all .               
In the midst of conflict, nature and beauty will help to heal.

Insha'allah,
The Eden in Iraq WWG Design Team abroad:
Meridel, Mark, Davide
and Pee


r, Clarence, and Yangheng

Friday, June 27, 2014

Philadelphia with a new Public Spaces on the Waterfront...It is floating!!!

reblogged from the Philadelphia  www.phillymag.com web site and I want to share with you this beautiful project:




The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), which is giving a shot of adrenaline to Philadelphia’s underused waterfront, is planning several new public spaces to draw people to the water and spur investment. You may have already heard about Spruce Street Harbor Park, a pop-up opening Friday, that’ll have floating barges and gardens, fountains, a boardwalk, a “mist garden,” lots of neat lighting, and a floating restaurant by Jose Garces. A large team of the region’s top designers and architects worked together on the project, including Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios, and Digsau, as well as The Heads of State (for branding).
The park's centerpiece will be the “oasis,” three 80’ x 30’ barges with trees and plantings, repurposed cargo containers with the restaurant, and a cantilevered net lounge where visitors can hang 3-4 feet above the water in hammocks. There’ll be colorful bistro tables and chairs, picnic tables, and Amish-made Adirondack chairs. The trees will be illuminated with colored lighting synced with that of the rest of the park. Nearby, seven “floating islands” surrounded by lily pads will house a water garden.


and rebloggged from www.myphillyalive.com/ another overview of the project. 

An Outdoor Paradise In Philly:


This project was with the help of an ArtPlace American grant and developed in conjunction with David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group and Interface Studios and Digsau. Through landscaping, programming, and art installations influenced by the maritime history of the area, the park will showcase the River’s industrial past and the bright future ahead for Philadelphia’s waterfront.
(PS the pictures are copied from the linked web sites)

algae living flow in Swiss.

Hi friends, as you  probably know I like very much algae systems. Here I show you a beautiful realization done at the Zahw in Swiss. (more reference about this project wil lbe posted in the next days).

Enjoy this video!!!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

more on aquaponic

under the umbrella of the AQUA-VET (LLP UE project) I have also made a great video about my installation in a school here in North of Italy. take a look at this video!


here the set of logos of the project! and the official web site aqua-vet

I'm back!

Hello my dear readers.
I'm really sorry for this long silence on this blog. In the last six months I have been working on a master's degree and are now close to the end. Also my blogspot account was blocked from the site of the University who runs in the google web platform. Anyway I'm here again and ready to continue the publications about treatment wetlands.

In this period I made a survey in Swiss where I'm doing a project within OIKOS 2000, a good Swiss Company. Here we are designing the right way to reduce the pollution input in a beautiful 30 ha lake int he south-east side of Swiss. ( will prepare a post about this..)

 I went in Gaza for the UN project. Here was laid the first stone of the Kuwait School and planted the first tree!!! 
source "sole24ore"

In Iraq we are doing the final design and working hard to set up the financial budget. More at Meridel Web Site ,  the web site of the Project head with a lot of pictures and schemes.






Monday, December 30, 2013

rain gardens and treatment wetlands

A rain garden is a new way to reuse rain water. In many countries these days, heavy rains caused flooding. These floods occur because too much water can quickly reach the ultimate sinks. Large amounts of water can also carry high pollutant loads. Why not to stop them in their place of origin? within this stop the loading will be trapped as small quantities.

"Rain Garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater). They can be designed for specific soils and climates. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally do not require fertilizer and are more tolerant of one’s local climate, soil, and water conditions, and attract local wildlife such as native birds. The plants — a selection of wetland edge vegetation, such as wildflowers, sedges, rushes, ferns, shrubs and small trees — take up excess water flowing into the rain garden. Water filters through soil layers before entering the groundwater system. Root systems enhance infiltration, maintain or even augment soil permeability, provide moisture redistribution, and sustain diverse microbial populations involved in biofiltration. Also, through the process of transpiration, rain garden plants return water vapor to the atmosphere. A more wide-ranging definition covers all the possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert, and make the most of the natural rain and snow that falls on a property. The whole garden can become a rain garden, and each component of the whole can become a small-scale rain garden in itself." (copied from wikipedia at wiki/Rain_garden).

www.riqualificazioneurbana.com

www.centralohioraingardens.org


Monday, December 16, 2013

new service on fiverr (r)

hello, I find this very nice and cheap service on the web and I dicide to set up it. Find my new gig on http://fiverr.com/


Monday, November 25, 2013

ready for the step TWO

yes, everythings seem to go in the right way here in Amman. We have to do some arrangements to the project but after that we are ready for the step TWO: the executive drawing!


2000 students are waiting the new great sustainable green school for their gold future in Gaza Strip! Project made by a team under the umbrella of MCA : http://www.mcarchitects.it/project/palestine-school

The project is so great because I'm designing two treatment wetlands: one for greywaters and his reuse for washing WC and cleaning the floor, and one for the black water that is used, after treatment, for the irrigation of the school's garden and plants.
By this meeting here in Amman I have a new personal slogan: "I did not spread more shit in the environment". This will help me in my new professional works.

Monday, November 18, 2013

back to Amman for the United Nations project !

yes, I'm really proud to be part of the international team that are developint the first UN green school. Very soon we will be in Jordan to coordinate the final step to develope the executive project fot the final realization of this important project inside the Gaza Strip. Here I'm developing a treatment wetlands systems for grey and black waters with a reuse for gardening purposes.

more news very soon.

Roman past in Amman

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DIRT.ASLA BLOG show good news on treatment wetlands

I am very appreciative to receive weekly newsletters of the DIRT ASLA blog (web at: dirt.asla.org ). From their site I copy this to explain you what they do: The Dirt TM blog covers the latest news on the built and natural environments and features stories on landscape architecture. Published weekly, The Dirt explores design and policy developments related to land and water use, urbanization, transportation, and climate change.


In their last newsletter they wrote about three books on designing resilient cities. One of these , the Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods, (amazon link) show in the cover page a beautiful image of a smart city with green walls, green roofs, green railroads, green sidewalks, and also a green structure that we can recognize as a treatment wetlands system. If you read the DIRT summary you can see that  each of the examples in the book are actually built. 


the cover page




detail of the treatment wetland
The treatment wetland that is present in the cover page and that is explained in the book is the "Living Machine" (TM) technology. this is a really interesting system developed in USA. 
Take a look on what they have done in San Francisco. sooooo coooooollllllll. 







Wednesday, October 2, 2013

restore an original reed area.....natural treatment wetlands

Yes, I know, for many of you common reed is a weed, for other is a tool to improve water quality. It is a weed and a good document The Nature Conservancy - common reed - ESA state this, and give you a lot of way to control his spreading. But it is also the best wetlands specie that you can use to plants  a constructed wetland's system.

As you see in the post below, during my last weekend I have planted 200 plants of  phragmites australis.... I'm sorry for the one that consider reed as a weed but I do that  to rewild an original reed area in the Lake of Garda in North of Italy.

This project was financed by the Municipality of Sirmione, a beautiful city in the Lake's shore with the aim to restore an original reed area destroyed by the construction of a small harbor.

It is not simple to plant species inside the lake because the water movement and the wave expecially during the winter storms can move the new plants planted.
Here I show you some pictures of the work:

ready? 

strongmen at work....



how to anchor the plants to the lakebed
done...

under the water....

a small stone help me to anchor it...









Sunday, September 29, 2013

from guerrilla gardening to GUERRILLA WETLANDING

Hi, I'm now in Sirmione (North of Italy) for a transplanting project into the waters of the Garda Lake. This afternoon, while I was planting common reeds and thinking about my work I have had a linking idea..... do you know the green movement "guerrilla gardening"? yes.... I was do the same but as GUERRILLA WETLANDING,... ah ah ah I laught a lot.... in the next days I'll post the pictures of this project.
plant a reed

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

treatment wetland with surface flow

Yeahhhh, after almost 13 years I can show you my first surflace flow constructed wetland. This project was designed early 2000 when I was working in the Brentella Water Management District here in North-East of Italy. The project was so innovative in that time and aimed to realize a water treatment system inside a storage basin to reduce the hydraulic risk in the watershed.

As you know there are 4 treatment wetland's system: horizontal, vertical, floating and surface.
The surface flow systems are so difficult to be build here in Italy because they require a lot of surface, etc... but anyway we can realize it when is possible. The final result is so natural !

After a long time need to get the law authorization in 2013 they start to dig the basin and next month this project will be completed and planted with an high number ow wetland and trees species with the reason to increase also the local biodiversity.

take a look at the design and at some pictures I got this morning:







Wednesday, September 4, 2013

back to Iraq

Hi dear readers here I'm back to Iraq to do some new meetings, visit new potential sites and so on. It's so hot here!

take a look at others uses of reed's biomass:

BURNING FOR COOKING OUR BREAKFAST

GRAZING AREA FOR WATER BUFFALO (all this area is grazed by water buffalos...until the horizon line)


HOUSES CONSTRUCTION

Monday, August 26, 2013

sws 2013 - wetland conference - poster in progress

hi friend, here my new poster for the sws2013  wetland conference that will be held in Italy next week.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Austria, Central Europe, Tirol, 1855 m above sea level

hello dear treatmentwetlands readers, I hope most of you are on holiday....or still working? Both are right!
Last week I were in Austria and during a landscaping excursion on the Tirol sunny mountains I have found this beautiful phragmites field. Keep calm, don't think it is a big sloping treatment wetland.. it is just a natural reed field but the strange of it is that I was at 1855 m asl. As you seen the highest part of it is near 2000 m asl...

Well somewhere in the world you can realize also treatment wetlands systems with phragmites also at this altitude!
I think I will contact the local administrators to promote treatment wetlands!


Friday, August 2, 2013

hi friends, LIVE greetings from 1498 m asl from Rifugio Casera Bosconero in the Dolomiti area North of Italy, where 2 beds for a total of 80 sqm treat the wastewaters!  All the bed surface was planted in 2004 with local species, now there are senecio, aconitum and few others.... and yes we get clean water in the final tank!!!
take a look at these beautiful and significative pictures!!!



in the older posts there are a lot of information about this plants