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Re: water plants

They are edible for human consumption too, according to my Edible and  
Medicinal plant book.  My dogs eat them all the time.  Oddly my water  turtles and 
fish do not.  They definitely are the BEST filtration there  is.  I too have 
heard of quite a few small towns that had  great success with water sewage 
treatment using these plants.   Also read in a "go green" article about folks using 
them to purify their  gray water, for usage.  In places where they 
overwinter, it is a great  idea, unfortunately they don't in most places.  They have 
become a  huge problem here in the Gulf Coast area. which is why they are  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 4/12/2009 2:05:48 PM Central Daylight Time,  
inlandjim1@q.com writes:

Some  years ago--early 80s--there was a project in San Diego using  
water  hyacinths to purify water at a sewage treatment plant. I believe  
the  plants were routinely harvested and ground for silage, which was  
fed  to hogs.

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