Sustainable water development

Sustainable water development

Sustainable water management consists in using it in such way that allows us to meet our living and economic needs without adversely affecting quantitative and qualitative state of water resources at our disposal. Unfortunately, but so far, the existing water management is associated with a constant negative impact on the condition of water resources. Despite this fact, there are also positive examples of sustainable water management, where, for example, water is used repeatedly. This is what the research conducted at IES serves. Based on the many years of work in this area, it is safe to say that today every house can be an example of a wise sustainable water management. Research at IES focuses on the development and implementation of alternative sources of drinking water for buildings or farms not connected to the water supply, as well as wastewater treatment, water renewal and its reuse. In addition, research is carried out on the treatment of poorer-quality water, such as groundwater, water from ditches or ponds. These waters, after treatment, can meet the quality requirements of drinking water or bathing water.

The most important element of the research infrastructure of the Institute is its own laboratory for water, sewage and soil analysis in the field of physical, chemical and biological analyzes. The functioning of the laboratory enables the use of the remaining research and development infrastructure of the institute:

A pilot facility for wastewater treatment and water renewal, which is supplied with sewage from the Institute. This facility was built in order to conduct multidirectional technological research aimed at obtaining drinking-quality water from sewage and the production of valuable compost. For this reason, this facility is equipped with many elements that enable sampling at different stages of treatment and making various technological changes.

Research carried out at the station is to lead to ready-made solutions that can be used where there is no access to tap water. Single-family buildings will be able to be equipped with installations that collect, store and treat rainwater for drinking purposes.

The swimming pool is equipped with accompanying facilities for purifying the bathing water. It is fed with water from a nearby ditch. The purpose of conducting research in this facility is to develop a natural low-energy technology that enables water treatment for bathing purposes and maintaining the highest quality water in the pool. In addition, the pool serves as a clean water tank for the needs of the institute farm and a fire protection tank. It also plays an important role for the locally occurring amphibians, for which it has become a favourite place of living and, above all, a winter hibernation site.