Gallery: LIVING MACHINES: Clean, Green Waste-Water Recycling


Resembling something like a tropical forest, John Todd’s attractive solution to waste-water management uses plants to clean up water. Consisting of a series of ecosystems that work together to break down water contaminants, Todd’s approach offers a natural and eco-friendly alternative to costly traditional water treatment plants. The concept was recently awarded a Buckminster Fuller Award for its elegant application in cleaning up Appalachia’s water supply, and has been adopted and adapted by many eco-minded individuals around the country.

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  1. Green-Roofed Port of Po... November 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    […] terminals and more. The project was finished in May of 2010 and it includes a green roof, a living machine to process waste water, geothermal heating and cooling, plus a plethora of other sustainable […]

  2. casshazz82 February 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Hi, I am administrator for a publications, and I would like to republish this article in the next online edition of ReWater, a not for profit magazine about news and innovations in recycled water use, available at: the story would hyperlink back to this page and also to John Todds website. Is this possible? Thanking the wonderful Inhabitat team!

  3. rob888 August 9, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    You may want to doublecheck the Ethel M Living Machine–I think I heard that the parent company, Mars, closed it down because it was too costly. Not sure, but I think that it no longer is in operation.

  4. DeadPanDan August 7, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Most water treatment plants look very industrial. Very NIMBY looking.

  5. sandmansd August 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    these are awesome… but i don’t get the first line… what does this have to do with a concrete refinery?

  6. Copeland aka Green Mode... August 6, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Also check out Boxerwood, which has been recycling wastewater for ages; and is also Sally Mann\’s family’s farm.

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