Who needs the city's purification system, when you can just build a eco-friendly filtering system right in your bathroom? Water full of mosquito eggs not included.
Look at this insanity — it's called a Phyto Purification Bathroom. The whole set up uses rushes, reeds, water hyacinths and lemnas to clean and reuse bathing/sink water. This is one of those "good in theory" ideas that eventually end up biting you in the ass later. But if only it really did work, since it would be pretty awesome to spend each morning in my own little naked bathroom garden.
According to its site, this is how the tiny ecosystem operates:
- the rushes are planted in sand which filters larger particles. the root system of the rushes
contain various bacterias which break down these particles for absorption by the plant.
- the reeds are planted next to the rushes as they have the ability to filter the heavy metals
from the water.
- the floating water hyacinths draw through their roots some of the water borne particles
which are still present in the water.
- the lemnas, which are also aquatic plants, bind to the remaining aquatic micro-organisms
to complete the filtering process.
- finally, a carbon filter stops the remaining micro-particles.