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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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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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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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Study confirms micro-algae’s cleaning ability in wastewater treatment

Environmental engineers have discovered that Chlorella vulgaris, a single-celled fresh water algae species, effectively removes pollutants from wastewater even at fluctuating levels, making it an effective tool for wastewater treatment. The study, published recently in Water Environment Research, indicates that Chlorella vulgaris continues to remove harmful elements like nitrogen and ...
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An Bord Pleanála grants permission for plastic factory despite environmental concerns

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has granted planning permission for a plastic factory in Skibbereen, Co Cork despite deep reservations from concerned locals over potential environmental and health issues.  Cork County Council granted permission for the facility to Daly Products Ltd, an Irish division of a Minnesota-based company, RTP Company, in December 2017. A group of concerned Skibbereen residents u...
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Failure to treat waste water properly is damaging our rivers and coastal waters – EPA report

Though we have seen some improvements, Ireland is not investing quickly enough to provide the infrastructure needed to treat our waste water, highlights the EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2017, released today.  Deficiencies exist in many treatment plants and public sewers, due to a legacy of underinvestment, and waste water is still entering the environment without receiving sufficie...
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Drugged waters – how modern medicine is turning into an environmental curse

The aquatic and human health consequences of pharmaceutical drugs entering the environment through wastewater treatment plants is not yet well understood.  As the world’s population expands and we become wealthier, drugs and chemical-based care products become more prevalent. While pharmaceuticals are essential for human health and well-being, less is known on the effects they have on the freshwat...
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MaREI receives research funding to support Ireland’s environmental, energy and climate targets

The SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) has secured an additional €4.4 million in funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry partners under the Sustainable Energy and Fuel Efficiency (SEFE) SFI Spokes Programme.  Speaking at the launch Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate...
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