Artificial wetlands, or aquatic gardens, treat waste water before it makes its way into the ocean. Waste water flows into the artificial wetland which is constructed of gravel and plants. The dirty water that moves into the wetland is treated aerobically by plants as it flows through the root systems, turning it into practically clean water that can be used to irrigate the garden.
The artificial wetlands in Riviera Maya serve as a model of sustainable living because they show it is possible to have your own water treatment system that is eco-friendly, less costly than a water treatment plant and is a technology that can be developed anywhere in the world.
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