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Delays in Wastewater Treatment Systems prolong risk to Environment – EPA Report

Delays in Wastewater Treatment Systems prolong risk to Environment - EPA Report The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2019, released on 12th November, highlights that delays in upgrading treatment systems around the country are prolonging risks to the environment and public health.  Some improvements in performance were evident in the past year, with the removal of the raw sewage disch...
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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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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 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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India’s looming water crisis – a call to action for companies

Some 18% of the world’s population resides in India and they survive on just 4% of the world’s freshwater. Rapid population growth and urbanization, a growing agricultural and industrial sector, as well as climate impacts - mainly drought and flooding - are putting these limited resources under increasing strain. In fact, India’s over-exploitation of groundwater is leading to “the worst water c...
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Human waste causes rise in ‘green tides’ in coastal areas – Study

Sprawling beds of bright green seaweed caused by human waste products around the Irish coastline are thought to be on the rise, new research has indicated.  “Green tides” of seaweed known as sea lettuce appear when nutrients from various human waste products – including sewage and agricultural sources – flow into the sea and cause a proliferation of growth. A two-year study of the substance by Ea...
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Almost 14,000 lodge objections to €500m waste treatment plan

Almost 14,000 objections have been lodged against Irish Water's proposed €500m waste water treatment centre in Clonshaugh, north Dublin. The company has responded by saying it plans to use ultraviolet light to disinfect waste. Senior waste consultant Ciaran O'Keeffe said the decision to apply a tertiary treatment to human waste at the planned facility in Clonshaugh came after concerns were raised...
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Researchers exploring ways to recover resources from WasteWater

Wastewater is an asset – it contains nutrients, energy and precious metals, and scientists are learning how to recover them.  Their research focuses on recovering resources from wastewater. This process is difficult because wastewater contains many different types of contaminants. But researchers in our fields are exploring many creative ways to make valuable products from them. Energy from org...
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EEA Report finds increase in Industrial Pollution to urban wastewater treatment plants.

Direct emissions released to water bodies from Europe’s large industrial sites have decreased in recent years for many pollutants. However, industrial pollution transferred through the sewer systems to urban waste water treatment plants (UWWTPs) has slightly increased, putting pressure on the waste water treatment infrastructure. While EU legislation tracks emissions from large industries, the ...
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Irish Water clears massive 8ft sewage blockage in Wicklow

Irish Water have urged residents in Wicklow to ‘Think Before You Flush’, after a massive sewage blockage was cleared from the Bollarney Wastewater Pumping Station, Wicklow, over the weekend by Wicklow County Council staff, working on behalf of Irish Water. This was the third blockage in one day at the station. The blockage occurred as a result of inappropriate items, such as wet wipes, cotton bud ...
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Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay

A failure at one of the large processing tanks at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant occurred at the weekend, and caused a discharge of sewage sludge into the lower Liffey estuary at Poolbeg, Irish Water has confirmed.  The discharge into Dublin Bay was via an outfall located about a kilometre from the plant at about 9am on Saturday, it added. An aerial photograph taken in the area by an amateur ...
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