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How Modern Wastewater Treatment Changed our World

How Modern Wastewater Treatment Changed our World Wastewater treatment is often an overlooked necessity of civilization. Without proper sewer systems, wastewater treatment plants, and overall regulation, our cities would be ripe with disease and human waste everywhere. Believe it or not, much of the modern wastewater management technology we consider standard in any 21st century home, things ...
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Sewage released daily into Irish waterways without treatment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that repeated delays in the elimination of raw sewage are unacceptable and that these delays pose a risk to the Irish environment and public health.  The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2018 has shown that the waste water treatment in 21 of Ireland’s 169 large towns and cities - including Dublin and Cork - did not meet the national ...
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New challenges facing Europe’s waste water treatment plants

More investment is needed to make urban waste water treatment plants fit to meet the difficult challenges posed by the impacts of climate change, as well as the presence of antibiotics and other micro-pollutants in waste water, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published last week. Much has already been done in recent decades to improve waste water treatment, according to ...
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Cleaning pollutants from water with pollen and spores

In addition to their role in plant fertilization and reproduction, pollens and spores have another, hidden talent: With a simple treatment, these cheap, abundant and renewable grains can be converted into tiny sponge-like particles that can grab on to pollutants and remove them from water, scientists report. Even better, these treated particles don't trigger allergies. The researchers will present...
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Irish Water propose dewatering facilities upgrade at its Beleek WasteWater Treatment Plant

Senator Michelle Mulherin has challenged Irish Water to come clean on its plans for its Ballina Waste Water Treatment plant at Belleek amid concerns in the town that there are moves underway to develop the site as a sludge hub for Mayo. Following a meeting between Irish Water and public representatives in Ballina on Monday, Senator Mulherin said there were still a lot of unanswered questions even...
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Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding in UK

Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People Over Wind’ (C-323/17), Natural England has advised local planning authorities in the Solent area...
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Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant

Untreated wastewater has overflowed into Dublin Bay from the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) more than 100 times since the beginning of 2015.  Figures seen by TheJournal.ie show that billions of litres of untreated waste water have overflowed from the plant into the Liffey estuary in recent years, sparking concerns from politicians and environmental groups. The overflows include the di...
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Why is Aeration Important for Wastewater Treatment?

Wastewater aeration is the process of adding air into wastewater to allow aerobic bio-degradation of the pollutant components. It is an integral part of most biological wastewater treatment systems. Unlike chemical treatment which uses chemicals to react and stabilize contaminants in the wastewater stream, biological treatment uses microorganisms that occur naturally in wastewater to degrade waste...
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Ireland may face fines because of water treatment failings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that Ireland is not addressing wastewater deficiencies at a “fast enough pace”. The country is facing the threat of EU fines.  EPA director general Laura Burke made the comments as she faced questions from TDs at the Public Accounts Committee over water quality. Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane raised the EPA’s 2017 report and cited several damni...
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Ireland held to account for wastewater treatment failures

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has found that Ireland has failed to uphold EU law in relation to almost 30 wastewater treatment schemes across the country.  The court’s ruling released yesterday opens the door for Ireland to be hit with heavy fines for breaching EU rules on sewage treatment if it does not act to rectify the situation. The case was brought by the EU Commission over Ireland’...
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