The first ecological wastewater treatment plant in Romania
By collecting wastewater from households and filtering it in an ecological system, we managed to increase the quality of people’s lives and maintain the authenticity of the natural landscape of Viscri village. The first step was to implement a pilot wastewater treatment system. Then we explained to the people why it is good to be thoughtful of water resources and why they should value the environment. We hope to further multiply the results of the project, by applying it in other municipalities.
In 2010, the first ecological wastewater treatment plant in Romania was built in Viscri village. The system is as follows: wastewater from 147 households in the village is taken over by three artificial lakes, where they are purified by aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, then return clean in the natural circuit. The solution is particularly efficient, from an ecological and economic point of view. The lakes were dug very deep, near the brook of the village; filling and discharging them, from one to another, is done by falling water, thus avoiding the installation of pumps and the consumption of electricity. The lakes were surrounded by hedges, and the earth resulting from the excavation was distributed over the former landfill of the village, which could thus be put back into use.
During the project, the inhabitants contributed with voluntary work to the construction works; At present, they maintain the entire system and take care that no harmful substances reach the wastewater in households. This treatment plant contributes to maintaining a clean environment, improving health and improving the living standards of the population. In addition, this solution helps to maintain the traditional aspect of the village. The station is strong and durable over time, and construction and operating costs are low. Maintenance is simple, so the model can be taken over by any rural community. The station in Viscri received the First Prize in the Economic and Social Development Category and the Sustainability Award at the Civil Society Gala 2012.