Constructed wetlands have one major disadvantage: constructed wetlands "seem" very simple systems. This is the main reason why some constructed wetlands don't perform as could be expected. Although these systems do not rely upon complicated and sophisticated technology, constructed wetlands need a proper design and a careful construction.
This website is not meant to be a manual that guides you through the complete process of designing and construction of these systems. It merely summarizes and identifies the different systems and their most important characteristics.
Since 1994 researchers from Thomas More Kempen (former "Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen"), a university college in Geel, Belgium are conducting applied research into the design, operation and construction of constructed wetlands.
Constructed wetlands are man-made wetlands built to remove various types of pollutants present in wastewater that flows through these systems. They are constructed to recreate the structure and function of natural wetlands. They possess a rich microbial community to effect the biochemical transformation of pollutants, they are biologically productive, and most important, they are self-sustaining.
Agro- and Biotechnology
Rob Van Deun
Mia Van Dyck