Formerly of New Alchemy Institute
Perhaps now quite what you had in mind when you posted about living machines but have you heard of Aquaponics?
Kirk Hutchison wrote:
I hear some people purify grey-water that is trending towards black using "swamp monsters" (large pots filled with aquatic plants.
Check out the Bioneers
Anna Eddey has done quite a bit regarding wastewater purification with plants and worm bins: http://www.solviva.com/wastewater.htm
tel jetson wrote:
anyone have some good literature to recommend on the subject of living machines and their analogs? I'm sort of muddling through and slowly figuring some things out on my own, but I would prefer to make use of the experience of others rather than repeat the same mistakes.
if "living machines" doesn't mean anything to you, I'm referring to purification of waste-water using plants, critters, bacteria, fungus, tanks, bio-reactors, et cetera.
I understand that "Living Machines" is now copyrighted, so if there are similar techniques going by other names, I'm interested in that as well. I'm mostly after home-scale stuff, but I'm not too picky.
The question here is what is the goal... Need to focus in a little more to understand what you are looking to do.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living has a whole section on constructed wetlands.
They give plans for a series of bathtubs, each of which has its overflow drain plumbed to a filter in the bottom of the next one. Theirs is fed by a laundry washing machine, and they have a surge tank to allow the water to cool, and slow the flow into the system.
They also have an extensive discussion of re-circulating and passive aquaponics. They only touch lightly on the treatment of blackwater, advocating thermophilic composting instead.
It seems to me that a humanure system would be cheepers and easiest.