WHAT’S IN YOUR WATER?
I just finished a Blog Post series on rainwater harvesting; I would like to continue with more water blog series because Water is life! All the articles in the news about lead in our drinking water, Algae Bloom killing the marine life and upsetting the ecosystem in our bodies of water, I felt I had to go over this topic and, I had to do this NOW. This blog series will be on Water Purifying! Water purifying is important in the water we drink, the irrigated water that is throughout our farmlands, the water that is in our homes for sanitation purposes. Just think about all our water usages! With water being life, go to the kitchen and pour yourself a nice big glass of water, I will wait.
Before you drink that water. Have you ever questioned what’s in your drinking water? What chemicals are they intentionally putting in your water? What Chemicals are in your water from all the industrialized farming? All the Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides where does all that harmful chemicals go? Those chemicals don’t just magically vanish from existence after being used to kill whatever you’re killing.
Twelve Commonly Found Toxins in drinking water!
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
- Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT)
- Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
- Dimethyl Tetrachloroterephthalate (DCPA)
- Methyl Tertiary- Butyl Ether (MtBE)
WAIT…… DO YOU WANT ICE?
Are you really going to continue drinking that? Have your Pets and Children Drink that water? You want them drinking the main ingredient of Rocket Fuel? Municipalities add chlorine and other chemicals to kill the microorganisms, However, if these chemicals are killing microorganisms. What is that chemical doing to you?
WHAT YOU’RE NO LONGER THIRSTY?
Boiling your water is not the answer! This idea has been passed around as an old wives tale but is not true. Boiling water will not remove chemicals, compounds, salts, and metals.
You could be STILL drinking the main ingredient in Rocket Fuel.
Buying plastic bottles of water IS NOT the answer. Billions and Billions of empty plastic bottles of water all over the world is not the answer.
When we think of our current state of water, we need to consider the three different categories of issues: Chemical, Biological, and the Physical state of the water. The solution has to resolve all three categories. The answer is a water purifying system that does not harm the environment or the person, that reaches all three categories, and not only are drinking water, the irrigation water, and our sanitation water.
The Answer is Permaculture!
WATER PURIFYING SYSTEMS
Water purification systems are important! These Systems remove chemicals, toxins, compounds, salts, metals, and harmful organisms. After going through rainwater harvesting, this would be your next step on your journey to an abundance of clean water! These are practices that I have used in my years of practice in Permaculture and Farming. These systems are for purifying your harvested rainwater, so you do not have to depend on the water supplied to you! I am not selling or advising on purification systems for inside the home! Water Purification Systems are used for making water suitable for drinking, wastewater recycling and reusing, and all other water needs.
Phytodepuration is the intentional use of a plant to remove toxins from soils, sludges, sediments, surface water, and groundwater. This is a natural treatment technique that reproduces natural purification processes in a controlled environment. The system can be created with basins, that is then filled with inert materials such as sand, aquatic plants macrophytes. These plants are natural Purification Systems. The Three plants that support this system that I will be talking about today is Bamboo, Hemp, Rice, Common Reed, Water Hyacinth, and Vetiver.
BAMBOO PURIFYING SYSTEM
Previously Bamboo has been used in the purification systems with filters. However, bamboo can also be used in the Phytodepuration method as well. Phytorem uses this method, to clean up wasteland water in France by the Wine Sector in the region.
Phragmites karka is a species of common reed that originates in South East Asia. Muhammad Aqeel Ashraf researched and discovered that this plant could remove Lead, Copper, Zinc, Arsenic, and Tin out of the water supplies and soil.
HEMP PURIFYING SYSTEM
Hemp is the next plant I want to talk about in the Phytodepuration Systems, with this system it is a little controversial and illegal in some areas. Please check with your specific Local and Country laws and regulations on growing hemp. Growing hemp can Clean the air, restore the soil and purify the water.
Vetiver Purifying System
Vetiver grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) is tall, fast-growing perennial grass. This plant system has deep, complex roots that which can penetrate the deep layers into the soil. Accelerates the natural occurring ecosystem habitat for many symbiotic bacteria, and fungi made the ecology system naturally contributes to the pollutant uptake.
THE AQUAPONICS PROCESS
Fish, Bacteria, and Plants are the three categories of organisms in this water purification system. We have already talked about plants and the water purification process. Let’s now talk about Aquaponics. Aquaponics is mixing aquaculture or water animals with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in an ecological environment. This aquaponic process is natural and works as an occurring natural ecosystem. This system uses no chemicals. The third part of the Aquaponics system is the microbes, which controls the nitrogen cycle.
Greywater is water used in the household that doesn’t include food wastewater in the kitchen or toilet waste water. Recycling this water can save almost half of your water bill. This system will help you with purifying water that you’re already using. This water will not be appropriate for drinking or cooking purposes. However, this system is a must to lower your carbon footprint, replenish water shortages and reduce environmental pollution and wastewater production.
However, with all the systems I find the one that is most effective are systems that use Effective Microorganisms®. Effective Microorganisms® are an environmentally safe product made by the company EMRO that is combining beneficial microorganisms which exist in nature, such as lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and phototrophic bacteria. Professor Teruo Higa developed the product in 1982. The beneficial microorganisms activate local, and native microorganisms that already live in soil and water then enhances their natural ecology. Purified water is then maintained by the diversity and balance of the community of microorganisms within them.
If the diversity of microorganisms is rich, nature’ s self-purifying ability is enhanced and clean water will return. Microorganisms will restore a healthy balance of microorganisms in the ecosystem, thereby increasing its self-purification ability without the use of chemicals.
WATER IS LIFE
A lot of that surrounds us is water. We are up to 65 percent of water throughout our bodies. Every living life source requires water. Water is so important, such a big necessity. If Permaculture can teach us how to harvest rainwater, and how to purify the water. Permaculture is one option or drinking a tall glass of chemicals is another.
Stay Tuned….. The Next Blog Posts I will go into deeper each of these water purifying systems.
I saw a reference to this blog post in another article in the News section of this website. I am a water/wastewater treatment engineer investigating and designing natural treatment systems. There are already some terms for what you dub “phytodepuration.” I would suggest that you abandon the urge to coin a new Permie-centric word. “Phytoremediation” is the closest existing term to what you describe in your post here. Phytoremediation can absolutely be used in permaculture design without renaming the process and efforts of thousands of researchers around the world. There is a ton of research on using plants to remove and destroy toxins from water, sludge and soil. Let’s not try to reinvent the wheel but rather apply others’ research in line with permaculture design principles.
Also, despite it’s ability to remove toxins, please do not propagate water hyacinth outside of its natural habitat in SE Asia. It is insanely invasive if it escapes into the environment.