December 21, 2022

Peer-Reviewed Article for IWA’s Water Supply Journal by Bastian Schnabel

HYDROPHIL’s Senior WASH Expert, Dr Bastian Schnabel, has worked on the publication: “Urban surface water quality and the potential of Phytoremediation to improve water quality in peri-urban and urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa – a review “ as the lead author with a team of renowned scientists and specialists from the UK and Sierra Leone. The topic of this article describes pollutant removal efficiencies for microbial and chemical contaminations in tropical surface waters of different plant species through phytoremediation.

Phytoremediation uses various living plants to clean up soil, air and water contaminated with contaminants. Phytoremediation implemented in constructed wetlands (CWs) is a low-cost and sustainable alternative to highly costly and energy-consuming wastewater treatment plants. In addition, CWs offer the potential to be integrated into farming and aqua-culture systems and can therefore improve water and food quality and production.

Picture Source: B. Schnabel
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The research and findings presented in this article are part of the Urban Infrastructure of Well-Being research project, “Green Rooted Agriculture Associations: Community-Led Pairing of Urban Agriculture and Phytoremediation in Sierra Leone.”

The project is fully funded by The British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering and executed through the University of Bath, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and its project partner, the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College.

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The article was published in IWA’s Water Supply Journal (Water Supply, Volume 22, Issue 11, 1 November 2022).

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