Clean Water from the Eco Machine


Carbon emissions that go into the atmosphere are the pivot of environmental talks, and for a good reason, since they are the main cause of global warming (switching to alternative energy is one of the solutions to that). There are lots of earth-level environmental issues that need to be dealt with urgently such as water treatment and some people are dealing with them in an amazing way.

CBS has a great article on Eco Machine (see video below), a natural way to treat wastewater and turn it into clean water that seems to have come out of the faucet. The system uses plants, gravel, sand, bacteria and fish to digest waste, forgoing chemicals that are today’s standard and which are far from ideal.

The Eco Machine is a project run by the Omega Center for Sustainable Living and it cleans up to 40,000 gallons of water per day for the Center. Designed by John Todd, a pioneer in ecological design, this water reclamation system takes inspiration in nature to deal with an issue that all municipalities grapple with.

The great news: the system can be scaled to fit different needs and the Center hopes it will inspire municipalities to go green.

And so do we!

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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