The Beacons Reed Bed Project
The Beacons site has recently finished building a reed bed to treat all waste water from site. There is no mains sewerage within 2 miles of the site, so previously all waste water which did not meet the Environment Agency’s consent to discharge into a local stream, had to be tankered away for treatment and disposal. This was a huge cost to the site and less environmentally friendly.
The new installation comprises of a pH correction system to first neutralise waste and product. This is then fed into a series of reed beds where natural bacteria in the water, and on the roots of the plants feed on the waste. They reduce the suspended solids and chemical oxygen demand to levels which are within the discharge consent limit’s, therefore allowing all waste water from the site to now be sent safely to the stream beside the factory.