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|Get inspired by nature.
Want to be a bioengineer?
Engineers and Biologists are finally talking to each other and learning from ecology.
Bio-engineers need to study both mechanical instrumentation (maths, physics) and living
systems (ecology, biology, chemistry). Bio-physics, Bio-chemistry, molecular biology,
genetic engineering, ecological sciences are related fields of study.
Flush toilets and conventional sewage treatment plants are very wasteful in
water consumption and are also very polluting. To address the problems of conventional
wastewater treatment facilities. Ecological Sanitation experts around the world, are
designing alternative systems designed to mimic nature. These alternative systems use
man-made ponds, constructed wetlands and designed soil filters to transform wastewater.
The Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland has actually created a Living
Machine that uses natural non-chemical biological systems to clean sewage and
creates a mini-ecosystem within a greenhouse environment, mimicking nature's own water
cleaning system. Diverse communities of bacteria, algae, micro-organisms, numerous species
of plants and trees, snails, fish and other living creatures interact as whole ecologies
in tanks and bio-filters. (www.ecovillagefindhorn.com). People at the Auroville
Centre for Urban Research in Pondicherry have also done a lot of work in this area.
So why dont you also try becoming a bioengineer and create a water
treatment plant in your home or school?
Recycle your wastewater relatively inexpensively, with minimal
distribution costs, and the bonus of reclaimed resources ready to feed your garden or
fishpond, or flush your toilets and water your lawns!
Reed bed waste water
Even if you dont actually make
one, investigate and research the subject.
Search the internet, visit libraries,
speak to civil engineers and landscape ecologists.
Find out what plants can act as