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German Water Park Makes Wastewater Recycling Fun
Posted By Cameron Scott On May 31, 2010 @ 2:03 am In Architecture,Water Issues | 1 Comment
With the weather heating up and summer right around the corner, we were excited to see this beautiful German water park  recently showcased on Dezeen . Designed by Ooze  and Marjetica Potrc , the water-recycling park seeks to appease consumers’ fears about wastewater by putting the treatment process on display. Whether you’re relieving yourself in the toilets perched above the Emscher River or taking a swig from a water fountain above the Rhine-Herne Canal, you’re tapping into the same closed sustainable water system — which draws from the river and canal, rainwater  and waste water.
Photo by Roman Mensing
Toilet-to-tap water systems  are still a taboo in the States: it’s just too hard to imagine how waste water could be transformed into water clean enough to put in a glass and drink. This water park in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia showcases the water treatment process through colorful architecture and a great set of eco-features. The design uses a constructed wetlands and a rainwater-harvesting roof to clean the liquid. An on-site community garden also gets its drink from the treatment park.
What better place to put such a park than alongside the notoriously polluted Emscher, which is so toxic it has to be fenced off? Beginning in the late 1800′s, the river was used as a grossly oversimplified waste-water canal. Dubbed “Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden “, today’s treatment park offers a view of the river lying above the adjacent towns as a result of extensive mining in the area. Even today, the area is heavily industrialized, but since the l990s, the river — which is biologically dead — has begun to recover thanks to a massive renaturation project.
+ Ooze 
Via Dezeen 
Lead photo by Ooze
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 water park: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/10/dive-into-a-dumpster-guerrilla-pool/
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/05/27/between-the-waters-by-ooze-and-marjetica-potrc/
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