Wetlands accreditation

Posted: Thursday 14th March 2013

As more and more individuals and companies become interested in the use of reed-beds and constructed wetlands to treat their wastewater in an economical, green and sustainable way, how do they ensure they can find designers and contractors who really know what they are doing and will give a professional service?

In most of the building industries there are cowboys. There are many poorly designed, ill-conceived and badly constructed reed-bed schemes around. Some have worked and some havenít. Properly specified, designed and built constructed wetlands can have a life time value of more than 25 years and perform throughout to a very high standard. How can anyone be certain they have engaged the services of a competent company?

The Constructed Wetland Association (CWA) was formed to promote the use of constructed wetlands in water pollution control and wastewater treatment. It was also formed to promote and encourage the creation of an industry in which good practice is shared and quality standards of design, installation and maintenance of these systems are established and upheld. To this end the CWA is now offering an Accreditation Scheme by Peer Review open to anyone involved in the design and installation of constructed wetlands. The aim of the scheme is to create a body of expertise and excellent practice in the application of constructed wetland technology and give assurance to those interested in utilising this highly effective solution for their wastewater treatment and disposal problems.

For further information and application forms please contact: The Secretary, Constructed Wetland Association, c/o Wildfowl & Wetland Trust, Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT, or Dr Rick Hudson, Chairman, Constructed Wetland Association, Cress Water Solutions, 18 Forcefield Road, Cullompton, Devon EX15 1QB.




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