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Ismael Leonardo Vera-Puerto, PhD

Jorge Leonardo Olave-Vera, PhD

Sussy Tapia, BSc

Wladimir Antonio Chávez, MSc

Carlos Arias, PhD



The aim of this work is to evaluate the reuse of municipal wastewaters treated through subsurface constructed wetlands (SS-CWs) as irrigation water in cut flower aeroponic cultivation under arid conditions. For this purpose, two experimental aeroponic cultivation systems were installed with the cut flower Lilium ‘Tresor’ planted and irrigated with SS-CWs treated water. The results showed that the quality of the SS-CWs wastewater has to be improved to be used in irrigation. Despite that, Lilium ‘Tresor’ grew under arid conditions with normal stem diameters and number of flowers but with heights under 0.65 m, which would restrict their commercialization to local markets. Water electrical conductivity (> 2300 µs/cm) and luminosity (> 120 klux) were factors that affected plant height. When compared to other cultivation systems, the aeroponic cultivation system used between 10 % and 20 % of the amount of water needed to produce Lilium ‘Tresor.’ Thus, this work showed the feasibility to produce cut flowers using an aeroponic cultivation system under arid conditions and irrigated with SS-CWs effluents. Likewise, it was detected that improvements to water quality and luminosity must be made for industrial scaling.


Aeroponics, municipal wastewater, subsurface constructed wetland, cut flower, reuseaeroponía, agua residual municipal, humedal construido subsuperficial, flor de corte, reutilización

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How to Cite
Vera-Puerto, I. L., Olave-Vera, J. L., Tapia, S., Chávez, W. A., & Arias, C. (2020). Reuse of Treated Municipal Wastewater from Constructed Wetlands for Cut Flowers Irrigation in Aeroponic Cultivation. Ingenieria Y Universidad, 24.
Special Section: Wetland Systems