|Canal bank stabilization and protection in Iran|
Many arid and semi-arid countries have serious problems in disposing and treating waste water and effluent from sewage and industrial processes. These effluents are a serious threats to health, potentially leading to outbreaks of typhoid, cholera and other gastric related diseases, The Vetiver System can significantly reduce such outbreaks through its ability to treat effluent, to the extent that most of the pathogens are eliminated. Paul Truong and others have demonstrated this time and time again at both large and small scale. You may have forgotten how the Red Cross (Norman van't Hoff of CV Akarwangi) used vetiver for sewage effluent treatment of 2000 new houses at Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 Tsunami. Take a look again at that application. - a long with some of the links. You will find other waste-water treatment applications (if land is available) in our library An interesting application would be to use vetiver for treating wastewater and sewage effluent in the many refugee camps that are found all over the region, as well as in sub-sahara Africa. We all hope that these camps will be only temporary, and VS would make a very good short and medium term fix.
Another area of application in semi-arid areas is for providing green spaces and beautification of otherwise very dry, drab and dusty urban areas. Alois Kennerknecht of Lima, Peru, did just that as a one man NGO! His work can be seen in this photo essay. Note it includes a rather interesting below ground vertical silo composting system that has been developed for these urban dwellers (reduces smell and flies!)
Everything that I have mentioned above is totally doable, it works and achieves good results, it has been technically researched, it is not rocket science, and it is low cost and lasting. Its ready for use -- NOW!