Living Machine

We recycle waste water in our Living Machine

Sewage, and stuff that’s gone down the sink in our restaurant, is pumped into a big underground tank in the Living Machine. Whilst the solid sewage drops to the bottom of the septic tank, the watery top is pumped down to a big pond in our Conserving Our Future Zone. How does this work? Here, tiny creatures eat the nasty bits. These bacteria need lots of oxygen – so we pump air across the gravelly floor. This fairly new technology is called ‘forced bed aeration’.

Tall reeds help control water flow. Bacteria also attach themselves to reed roots – so increasing bacteria numbers.

Where does all the water end up?

It waters trees in a nearby field which we intend to use to fuel our biomass boiler.

If you’d like to know more, ARM Group Ltd installed this new technology.