Wastewater Treatment Plant on Cork Floating Islands

In Lourosa, S. Pedro do Sul, Portugal, a different and innovative WWTP – Wastewater Treatment Plant – started operating, having floating plants on cork.

Photo: Bluemater

According to Nuno Gomes, mentor of the project, which was developed by the Portuguese company Bluemater in collaboration with Amorim Cork Composites, the facility is “the first WWTP in the

world built with this system.” As emphasized, it will serve the local population, that is, around 200 inhabitants.

Another added value of this system is that it will be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, since plant species will grow on its surface. “In this WWTP, the plant species to be included are rushes and reeds”, and “it is also expected that other species will emerge from seeds and that the surface of the water will be covered with duckweed”, Nuno Gomes explained.


(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 2/2022, Page 37, Photo: Bluemater)