A pioneering water treatment system developed by Camposol has scooped the business creativity award from the University of Applied Sciences in Peru.
The system uses specially grown aquatic plants that “eat” the organic matter suspended in the water, improving water quality by regulating parameters such as acidity, temperature, biochemical oxygen demand and turbidity. This also builds a flourishing ecosystem that uses the waste in water as food, helping to create a more pleasant landscape, as well as a fauna ecosystem allowing algae-eating insects and wildlife to flourish.
Camposol came first in the Environmental Care category in the Business Creativity 2016 contest that was organised by the university to recognise the most striking innovations made by private companies and public institutions in Peru.
Operations manager Jesús Arasti said that the project was highly efficient at removing contaminants compared with other conventional processes.
He estimates that the system can save the company US$22.5 over a ten-year period as it bypasses the need for chemical products to purify the water.
Camposol said the system could be replicated by other companies that do not have a viable method for purifying wastewater.