Ofra Aqua Plants- an ecological approach

 

It is a common belief that Constructed Wetlands (CW) utilizes a standardized technology that can simply be taken from one area of the world and installed in another.

 

In some cases this approach works, yet in many others it fails. An ecological system, by definition, has to be targeted to and incorporated in the environment, and specifically adjusted to it. 

It is obvious that European technologies and systems cannot, and should not, be installed in areas for which they have not been expressly designed. An "off the shelf product" - one that can be installed anywhere, for every purpose and under any conditions – is destined not to meet its goals.  To ensure successful use of CW technologies, each country and region should develop systems suitable to its own conditions and limitations. This can be viewed either as a burden, or as a challenge.

 

Ofra Aqua Plants has taken up the challenge. Our years of experience and resulting expertise have given us a deep understanding of the processes and solutions needed, to design and build site-specific systems that meet each area’s unique conditions. 

 

The climatic conditions in Israel and many other countries enable the use of a large variety of plants in CW.  Our knowledgeable use of these plants makes the systems very efficient.

 

30   projects have been built by Ofra Aqua Plants, with others currently in the design or construction stages.

 

Projects include:

 

• Systems for Gas stations and adjoining rest areas

• Dairy farm and duck farm

• Slaughterhouse

• Military camps with effluents containing gasoline and oil

• Fish farm

• Upgrading secondary effluent for agricultural use

• River water purification at the Yarkon River

• Grey water treatment of a sport and spa center

• Experimental site in the desert dealing with Cl and Boron

• Experimental project for Tel Aviv University, financed by the Italian Government

• Cosmetics factory with a fat emulsions effluent

 

 

CW Projects are under construction in the following locations: 

 

• A new neighborhood with 550 apartments, incorporating CW in the landscaping.    

• Villages with domestic sewage, dairy farms, olive mills and vineyards. 

• Metal factory with effluent containing Chromium.

• Land fill leachate with high content of metals and a COD of 20,000 and more.

Ofra Aqua Plants is Israel’s representative in European Cost Action 859  (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research).

This network of coordinated national research projects focuses on phyto technologies to enable significant progress to be made toward the sustainable use of land and water resources, the restoration of contaminated sites, and the future supply of safe and fortified food.