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The Living Machine. Vishal Mehta Daniel Perez. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oberlin_Living_Machine2.JPG. The Goal. The goal of the “living machine” is to convert murky, dirty water into crystal clear water. This mimics the natural cleansing processes that takes place in wetlands.

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The living machine

The Living Machine

Vishal Mehta

Daniel Perez

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oberlin_Living_Machine2.JPG


The goal

The Goal

  • The goal of the “living machine” is to convert murky, dirty water into crystal clear water.

  • This mimics the natural cleansing processes that takes place in wetlands.

  • The concept was created by John Todd.

http://www.hgs.org/en/cev/953

http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/plandev/conservation/wetland.html


Making a difference

Making A Difference

  • The overall potential of this treatment process is that it removes pollutants in water.

  • Unlike regular treatment plants, it doesn’t use chlorine and filters out metals using natural means.

http://www.livingmachines.com/


How it works

How It Works

  • First, sewage goes in an anaerobic settling tank. This is where large particles settle to the bottom of the reactor.

  • It then goes into a biofilter, which is made of bark and humic material. This helps to reduce odors.

  • Next, the sewage moves to aerobic tanks. It contains photosynthetic algae that put oxygen back in the water.

http://www.hootsystems.com/systems/lahoot.html


Organisms used

Organisms Used

  • Bacteria are also used for producing nitrates. Managers have to add calcium for these types of bacteria to survive.

  • Taller plants are also used to isolate heavy metals from the environment.

  • Fish, snails, and clams are also used in the filtering procedure.

http://www.rps.psu.edu/0009/machine.html


Technological obstacles

Technological Obstacles

  • Bacteria have to be kept in specific conditions to use.

  • This includes temperature, food sources, and pressure.

  • In addition to bacteria, all other processes have to be kept in check.


Political economic obstacles

Political / Economic Obstacles

  • No political or economical obstacles exist.

  • The cost of living machines actually much less than other waste sanitation processes by millions of dollars.


Negative environmental impacts

Negative Environmental Impacts

  • No negative impacts exist as long as the system is designed correctly.

http://www.livingmachines.com/


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • http://www.rps.psu.edu/0009/machine.html

  • http://www.corkscrew.audubon.org/Information/LivingMachine.html

  • http://www.livingmachines.com/


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