Published on September 7th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock


Building a DIY Wetland

A family in Australia has created their own tiny wetland as a part of a household grey water system.  It is a fairly large DIY project, but, as the article demonstrates, not an overwhelming project.  The writer even enlisted his young children to help in the construction.

Black water is toilet waste and other water that requires more substantial treatment.  Grey water is non-sewer waste water from washing clothes and showers and the like.  Although in most homes, both black water and grey water go into the sewer system and are handled in water treatment plants with the same processing, grey water really requires much less treatment. It is possible to find other uses for grey water, including using the water for toilet flushing or for irrigation.

The operation of the grey water system is rather straightforward.  The system collects waste water from the house and directs it into a pair of tanks for short term storage and primary filtration.  Two layers of sand and gravel at the bottom of a garbage can serve to clean large particles and contaminants out of the water.  Water flows up from the bottom of this container, through the sand and gravel filter, and out through an outlet pipe at the top.

After the water is filtered by the sand and gravel filters to remove the large particles, the water flows into the wetland through a perforated pipe.  The wetland itself is a segment of corrugated metal, like a short section of culvert pipe or a piece of an agricultural silo.  To create the small wetland, a waterproof tarp was used, like a pond liner, to make the metal ring into a water tight container.  This was then filled with gravel and covered with mulch.  After going through the wetland, the remaining runoff water will be run to the family’s orchard to use for irrigating the trees.

As a system, this results in reuse of the water for three separate purposes.  First, it is used for washing or other domestic uses.  Secondly, it is used to water the wetland, which also serves as a secondary water filter for the water that is not taken up by the wetland plants.  And finally, it is used to water the trees in the orchard.

Related articles on Green building Elements:
Hansgrohe to Bring Simple, Compact Grey Water System to U.S.
Elements of Building: Water
WaterSense: The New Symbol of Water Conservation

link and image source:

Mattel Debuts Monster-Themed Franchise

Wireless News June 12, 2010

Wireless News 06-12-2010 Mattel Debuts Monster-Themed Franchise Type: News website monster high wiki

Mattel will roll out a new intellectual property, Monster High, across a number of consumer products categories simultaneously at launch.

The Company said this new franchise targeting tween and teen girls brings together the hip teenage descendants of the world’s most famous monsters to brave the trials and tribulations of high school. The property delivers rich content and storytelling via publishing, web, animation and live-action theatrical entertainment and launches consumer products in categories including apparel and accessories, and toys. Mattel has partnered with category experts including Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, author Lisi Harrison, Universal Pictures, Justice and Party City to bring this property to life.

“We know tween and teen girls need to immerse themselves in stories and worlds as they engage in new properties and trends,” said Tim Kilpin, General Manager of Mattel Brands. “With Monster High, we are confident that through the development of relatable characters and clever storytelling, this property will resonate with girls of all ages.”

“Understanding the need for multiple touch points to successfully engage today’s complex tween, Monster High’s rich characters and storyline made the brand the ideal property with which to launch our new franchise model – a sustainable business strategy that we believe is the future of brand management,” said Kilpin.

The Company noted Monster High’s offerings and partner roster include:

Monster High Book Series by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in our site monster high wiki

Online and Entertainment:

-Live-Action Feature Film with Universal Pictures

-Monster High Website

-Animated Webisodes

-Animated Special Featuring Music by “American Idol” Allison Iraheta

Apparel and Accessories:

-Apparel with Justice

-Costumes with Party City

-Licensed Consumer Products Partners: High IntenCity, Accessory Innovations, Ashko Group and ACI International


-Mattel Toy Line

Mattel, Inc. is a provider of design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such brands as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, American Girl, Radica and Tyco R/C, as well as Fisher-Price brands, including Little People, Power Wheels and an array of entertainment-inspired toy lines.

Monster High:


((Comments on this story may be sent to


« »

About the Author

Back to Top ↑