The hydrological sustainability of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment

Peter D. Hedges*, Phil M. Fermor, Jiří Dušek

*Corresponding author for this work

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It is argued that there is a need for a hydrological assessment to be undertaken at the design stage of wetlands, which are to be constructed for wastewater treatment, in order to ensure their long-term sustainability. A simple water budget provides a suitable tool for this purpose. The product of an appropriate crop coefficient (Kc), and the reference crop evapotranspiration (ETo) determined from meteorological data, is deemed a suitable procedure for determining the evapotranspiration component of the water budget. The UK and the Czech Republic are taken as case studies, representative of maritime and mid-continent climates, to illustrate a procedure for identifying regions where created wetlands are potentially at most risk from water deficits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWastewater Treatment, Plant Dynamics and Management in Constructed and Natural Wetlands
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781402082344
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • Crop coefficient
  • Hydrology
  • Municipal wastewater
  • Reed bed
  • Water budgets


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