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Biological water filtration

 
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Does anyone use a pond with water plants to purify water? whether complete filtration or a part of the system...If so, can you share your details please? I was trying to think of a way to purify rainwater and was hoping that I could use a biological method to purify all but drinking and cooking water....might still need a mechanical filter as well.
 
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This is an area I have worked on.
There is an enormous amount of information on the net.
Look at aquaculture as well.
Natural swimming pools, also use plants
 
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Rainwater is pretty clean anyway.
My household in Australia uses 100% rainwater and I provide no treatment.
I do have a first flush system, and I have very large tanks 5000Gallons.
The big tank is the secret, water cleans itself with time.
A large tank allows fines to settle and they can be filtered out with a disc filter near the pump.
I have a topic on the site about rainwater.
Rain water collection

I hope this helps
 
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Thanks!  Yes, there is a lot of info on this subject, but, to date, the only info I have found is about setting one up.  While learning how to set one up I also want to learn how to maintain it, what is going to be required in the future, etc. Many of the systems that I have seen using plants show them growing to 24" or so...most things that grow taller, lose their leaves at the base, which takes away from the purpose.
 
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