WATER PURIFICATION USING PLANTS
Pure water from plants is nothing new. The earth is constantly using both soil and vegetation to cleanse itself. Water is an active fluid. It is always in motion and is in use by plants, soil, clouds, really everything. As water passes through and over plant roots and leaves, the liquid is absorbed into the plant's tissues. There is a natural cycle in which water is first absorbed then released from the plants leaves and roots.
Specific plants such as the:
have an affinity for water and a reputation for cycling or recycling water through their root system.
All plants have this natural cycle through them, but the water species mentioned are especially designed for this water cycle.
Using the right plants to purify and filter water will clean and remove:
- Heavy metals
- Harmful bacteria
- Radio active isotopes (porous carbon and green coal work much better than plants)
- Cysts (with time (the cysts attract themselves to the plant roots with prolonged exposure (this method is not 100%)))
Of course once the contaminants are absorbed by the plants many will question how to dispose of them.
To start with some of the absorbed waste will naturally decompose with the plant. However, chemicals, radio active isotopes and heavy metals will require special treatment when the plants die.
A new method of handling this plant waste is to use mushroom spores. Mushrooms produce a thin threadlike network of roots called mycelium and mycelium produces enzymes which break down a great many "nasties" (contaminants). So in essence we use a plant to clean a plant.
Aren't these things great?