• Jun
    05

    Riverstick duo aim to clean ‘grey water’


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    by Aoife
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    A FAMILY-run business in Riverstick has devised a completely new way to treat waste water which claims to save homeowners €5,000 over five years. 

    Ireland Waste Water is the only company that has achieved European certification for their product, Circle 7, which is unique in the Irish market. 

    They describe it as a a ‘genuinely innovative invention’ that will, in a more environmentally friendly way, purify waste water in homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland to a higher standard than what’s currently achievable. ‘Circle 7 provides a new system to treat waste water by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near drinking water standard,’ the company says. 

    Ireland Waste Water has recently purchased new land to expand the premises and are also recruiting 10 new employees. 

    Niall Mulcahy co-founder of Ireland Waste Water, which he runs with his wife Mary, commented: ‘An ongoing problem with waste water from Irish households is the growing use of chemicals which is leading to an increase in the amount of ‘grey water’. Grey water is damaging septic tanks and wastewater systems as they currently stand in homes all over the country, with the primary risk being contamination of the water supply into a home, as well as of the surrounding land.

    ‘The added bonus of our system is that it will actually save homeowners money because there is no desludging required; no parts replacement, no media filter replacement and no pumps needed.’

    Circle 7’s vision is to be part of every new domestic wastewater treatment plant in Ireland, and they will then look to the UK and US.

    Source:
    https://www.southernstar.ie/news/business/articles/2019/06/02/4174754-riverstick-duo-aim-to-clean-grey-water/

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  • May
    28

    Irish Examiner: “Feeling the flow after coming full Circle”


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    It’s been a lot of trial and error, countless kitchen table board meetings, but a Cork family firm has come up with what it is calling a revolutionary way to treat wastewater in a sustainable way.

    Ireland Waste Water, based in Riverstick, Co Cork, is the only company that has achieved European certification for its product, Circle 7, which it says is unique in the Irish market.

    The firm was formed by Mary and Niall Mulcahy over 12 years ago and designs, manufactures, and installs precast concrete wastewater treatment systems, septic tanks, interceptors, grease traps, and rainwater-harvesting systems.

    This month, representatives from the EU-certifying body launched Circle 7, an invention that will purify wastewater in homes, schools, factories, and businesses in rural Ireland to a higher standard than what is currently achievable, saving them thousands of euro in the process, and in a more environmentally friendly way.

    Ms Mulcahy said: “We have been working on Circle 7 for three years and we were only ever going to bring it to market if and when it reached the very high standard we had set for ourselves. 

    “From kitchen table drawings to certification by PIA in Germany, after a few failed prototypes and some that were just not up to standard, we finally created a solution that will revolutionise the wastewater industry — first in Ireland and later in other European countries and beyond.”

    PIA (Prufinstitut fur Abwassertechnik) is the largest testing laboratory in Europe for the decentralised wastewater industry.

    Mr Mulcahy said: “Three years ago, we said we’d sit down and have a look at it. Two years ago, we put Circle 7 together. 

    “But we didn’t want to go ahead with it until we could put it through PIA in Germany, the most recognised body by the councils here. 

    “We didn’t want to go ahead with it until such time as we had the paper in our hands that we could go to the engineer. Now we have it.”

    Circle 7 reimagines the traditional flawed septic tank process which, when not managed correctly, is a risk for contaminating the land and the water system.

    It provides a new system to treat wastewater by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system, and bringing it to a near drinking water standard.

    Mr Mulcahy said: “An ongoing problem with wastewater from Irish households is the growing use of chemicals which is leading to an increase in the amount of ‘grey water’.

    Grey water is damaging septic tanks and wastewater systems as they currently stand in homes all over the country, with the primary risk being contamination of the clean water supply into a home, as well as of the surrounding land.

    “The added bonus of our system is it will actually save homeowners €5,000 over five years at least, because there is no desludging required, no parts replacement, no media filter replacement, and no pumps needed.”

    Circle 7 can be fitted to new and existing wastewater treatment plants, anywhere in Ireland, to vastly improve the quality of the system, say the Mulcahys.

    Its vision is to be part of every new domestic wastewater treatment plant in Ireland, after which they will look to the UK and US markets, as well as France, says Ms Mulcahy.

    Mr Mulcahy added: “The material is the most important function of the tank, in that is never has to be replaced. 

    “Down the road, you never have to go to Hong Kong or China to look for new materials to put into it. There’s also no desludging in our system.

    “There are no big costs down through the years or replacements. There is also no power consumption needed, so there are no electrical costs.

    “It’s all eco-friendly and there is a smaller footprint on the ground. There is no protruding mounds or anything sticking up over the ground. It’s just the way the system is designed.

    “The problem with other systems over the ground is you can’t see how it is functioning if it is all grassed over. You can in ours. You have a big bonus there for the protection of groundwater.

    “Digging up lawns could cost you thousands and you are then getting into contaminated water. Our system is serviced and monitored anyway.

    “It’s fairly bulletproof.”

    Source:
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/business/the-monday-interview-feeling-the-flow-after-coming-full-circle-926835.html

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  • May
    28

    Red FM: Cork Based Firm Achieve EU Certification For New Waste Water Treatment System


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    Ireland Waste Water says households can save €5000 in 5 years

    A Cork-based firm has launched an environmentally friendly system which it claims will revolutionise waste water treatment in Ireland and across Europe

    Ireland Waste Water says households can save €5000 in 5 years and combat ‘Grey Water’ contamination through their Circle 7 system which is  Ireland’s only Waste Water Treatment to achieve EU Certification
     
    Circle 7 provides a new system to treat waste water by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near drinking water standard.

    The family run business which is based in Riverstick says Circle 7 will lead to an expansion of their business and the creation of  10 new jobs 

    Source:
    http://www.redfm.ie/news/cork/cork-based-firm-achieve-eu-certification-for-new-waste-water-treatment-system/

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  • May
    28

    “Control the controllables.” CEO Q+A: Mary Mulcahy, Co-founder, Ireland Waste Water


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    Q. What are your main priorities and goals in your role?

    I have been in the industry since 1997 and owner-manager of Ireland Waste Water which myself and my husband established in 2004. Since we began manufacturing and servicing Treatment Systems, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Grease Traps and Pump Chambers in 2004 my priorities have been threefold, firstly, making sure the business operates effectively on a daily basis. Secondly, maintaining and building upon our position as one of the largest suppliers of domestic Waste Water Treatment Plants in Ireland. Thirdly, following the recent launch of our Circle7 tertiary treatment system, we want to continue to grow the business and it is the charge of both myself and my husband to lead that growth.

    Q. What are your biggest challenges as CEO?

    Scaling for growth. That said, its possibly the most welcome challenge of my past 10 years in this industry. Thankfully any of the challenges we faced over the years have been met with the support of family, friends and our dedicated staff. Having launched Circle7, our next biggest challenge is to establish ourselves in export markets which we plan to do in the coming years.

    Q. How do you keep your team/staff motivated?

    They are more than a team to us, they are family at this stage, which very much aligns with the ethos of our business. Communication is very important, so we work to be open and transparent on what’s going on and we encourage and trust each member of our team to take ownership of their roles. They know hard work and thrive on getting the job done.
    We always acknowledge that our success is due to developing the competencies and capabilities of our employee and we provide our employees with training opportunities to continuously develop these skills.
    I like to think that they see us as working shoulder to shoulder and that we don’t ask any more of them than we do of ourselves.

    Q. What are the challenges facing the industry going forward?

    Overcoming the “grey water” contamination problem in Irish households is a challenge we have already set out to combat with the creation of our new wastewater treatment system Circle 7. Because of an increasing usage of chemicals grey water is damaging septic tank & wastewater systems as they currently stand in homes all over the country, with the primary risk being contamination of the clean water supply into a home, as well as of the surrounding land.

    Q. What new trends are emerging in your industry?

    Over the last 5 years, we have definitely felt the growing demand for eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable solutions. As well as that, homeowners are looking for a solution that has a smaller footprint, to avoid the necessity of having to install raised beds to conceal the unit’s location.
    Based on this, and our own convictions, all our products are designed to be eco-friendly. Our new Circle7 tertiary treatment system is recognized as having the potential to make a significant positive contribution to the development of rural housing in Ireland – something we are very proud of.

    Q. Are there any major changes you would like to see in your sector?

    We pride ourselves on our product design, development and manufacture to certified EU Standard through PIA (Prüfinstitut für Abwassertechnik GmbH). I would like for there to be greater visibility of the existence of uncertified wastewater system suppliers currently serving the market. If Ireland is going to advance in this area, all operators in the market need to be held to the Standards and best practice.
    While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are doing a good job, I would like to see more providers go further the standards they attain. We have developed our products so that they conform to the highest international standards.

    Q. As an employer are you finding any skill gaps in the market?

    We are fortunate to have been able to retain key personnel during the downturn period and have begun to recruit new people in response to growth demands. However, there is a definite drain on resources in the country and we know from speaking with others in the sector that skills shortages are an issue.

    Q. How did your strategy develop in the context of the banking crisis and economic crisis?

    We were fortunate that we had a diversity of products and services for the commercial and agri sectors, which reduced our exposure to and dependency on the domestic household market. We did like every other business at the time, we focused on business development, doing quality work and providing excellent customer service and critically. We also started a significant phase of new product design and innovation so that we would be ready when the market returned.

    Q. How will Brexit affect you, or have you started to feel the effects already?

    We have worked to shield the business in terms of anticipating longer lead times and potential price hikes for material. We manufacture all of the core elements at our facility so, are not overly dependent on third party suppliers, but like any other business in Ireland, we are alert and keen to understand the real-time implications once Brexit is finalised.
    We are looking to establish ourselves in other markets and our outlook is positive.

    Q. How do you define success and what drives you to succeed?

    Our yardstick for success has always lay with customer satisfaction. We are a solution-driven business. Our strategy has always been based on identifying real solutions for problems that exist in treating wastewater. We ask – can we develop a better solution, and can we do it to the highest possible standard, so we that we can provide a best-in-class product to our customers? It’s a long process to get these things just right – for example, Circle 7 took us over three years to bring the solution to the market – but it is worth it to deliver for our customers.

    Q. What’s the best advice you’ve been given, or would give, in business?

    Enjoy the journey from starting the business in the late 1990s to today. Also, each day we do our best to ‘control the controllables’.

    Q. What have been your highlights in business over the past year?

    Without doubt it was the recent launch of our Circle 7 Tertiary Waste Water Treatment System. It is a genuinely innovative invention that will purify wastewater in homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland to a higher standard than what’s currently achievable, saving them thousands of Euro in the process. It reimagines the traditional flawed septic tank process which, when not managed correctly, is a risk for contaminating the land and the water system. It provides a new system to treat wastewater by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near drinking water standard.

    Q. What’s next for your company?

    We don’t intend to stand still, with 20 years of activity behind us! Our business development plan is well underway for national growth and entry into new export markets.

    Q. Where do you want your business/brand to be this time next year?

    Well on our way to fulfill our vision for Circle 7’s to be part of every new domestic wastewater treatment plant in Ireland, after which we will look to the UK and US markets.

    “We are looking to establish ourselves in other markets and our outlook is positive”

    Source:
    https://businessandfinance.com/ceo-ireland-waste-water/

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  • May
    28

    Irish Tech News: Irish Company Launch Environmentally Friendly System To Revolutionise Waste Water Treatment


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    by Aoife
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    A family-run business in Riverstick, Co. Cork has devised a completely new way to treat waste water. Ireland Waste Water is the only company that has achieved European certification for its product, Circle 7, which is unique in the Irish market. Ireland Waste Water has invested more than 20% of the profits into the invention of Circle 7 and is now primed for expansion having recently purchased new land to expand the premises. They are also recruiting 10 new employees. The total septic tank market in Ireland is estimated to be worth more than €3 billion.

    Last week, representatives from the EU certifying body flew in to Cork to launch Circle 7 – a genuinely innovative invention that will, in a more environmentally friendly way, purify waste water in homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland to a higher standard than what’s currently achievable, saving them thousands of Euro in the process. It reimagines the traditional flawed septic tank process which, when not managed correctly, is a risk for contaminating the land and the water system. Circle 7 provides a new system to treat waste water by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near drinking water standard.

    Speaking in advance of the launch, Niall Mulcahy Co-founder of Ireland Waste Water, which he runs with his wife Mary, commented,

    “An ongoing problem with waste water from Irish households is the growing use of chemicals which is leading to an increase in the amount of ‘grey water’. Grey water is damaging septic tank & wastewater systems as they currently stand in homes all over the country, with the primary risk being contamination of the clean water supply into a home, as well as of the surrounding land.”

    The added bonus of our system is that it will actually save homeowners €5,000 over 5 years – at least  because there is no desludging required; no parts replacement, no media filter replacement and no Pumps needed!”

    How the Waste Water Treatment Works

    The Circle 7 system is a filter which removes filterable solids from fluids in a physical and mechanical method, working by gravity feed to avoid any additional pressure build-up. Its main use is in the advanced treatment of fully biological, pre-treated domestic wastewater, purifying this water to a much higher standard than ever seen before. Circle 7 has since undergone rigorous accreditation testing to become the only product certified to EU standard (EN12566-7).

    Circle 7 can be fitted to new and existing wastewater treatment plants, anywhere in Ireland, to vastly improve the quality of the system.

    Mary Mulcahy of Ireland Waste Water went on to describe the development of Circle 7,

    “We have been working on Circle 7 for 3 years and we were only ever going to bring it to market if and when it reached the very high standard we had set for ourselves. From kitchen table drawings to certification by PIA in Germany, after a few failed prototypes and some that were just not up to standard, we finally created a solution that will revolutionise the waste water industry – first in Ireland and later in other European countries and beyond”.

    Circle 7’s vision is to be part of every new domestic wastewater treatment plant in Ireland, after which they will look to the UK and US markets.

    Source:
    https://irishtechnews.ie/environmentally-friendly-system-to-revolutionise-waste-water-treatment/

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  • May
    23

    Cork Independent: Invention is Riverstick born


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    A family-run business in Riverstick has devised a new way of treating waste water and with it created ten new jobs. 

    Ireland Waste Water said this week that it is the only company that has achieved European certification for their product, Circle 7.

    Last week, representatives from the EU certifying body flew in to Cork to launch Circle 7, an invention that will, in a more environmentally friendly way, purify waste water in homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland to a higher standard than what’s currently achievable.

    The company claim that it could save homes and businesses thousands of euro as it launched the invention on Monday.

    It reimagines the traditional flawed septic tank process which, when not managed correctly, is a risk for contaminating the land and the water system.

    Circle 7 provides a new system to treat waste water by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near drinking water standard.

    Speaking in advance of the launch, Niall Mulcahy Co-founder of Ireland Waste Water, which he runs with his wife Mary, said: “An ongoing problem with waste water from Irish households is the growing use of chemicals which is leading to an increase in the amount of ‘grey water’. Grey water is damaging septic tank and wastewater systems as they currently stand in homes all over the country, with the primary risk being contamination of the clean water supply into a home, as well as of the surrounding land.

    “The added bonus of our system is that it will actually save homeowners €5,000 over five years, at least, because there is no desludging required, no parts replacement, no media filter replacement and no pumps needed!”

    Source: https://www.corkindependent.com/news/topics/articles/2019/05/23/4174511-invention-is-riverstick-born/

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  • May
    23

    Irish Independent: Cork firm eyes €3bn market with product


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    Irish water treatment company Ireland Waste Water (IWW) has launched a new product that it claims will revolutionise the industry in Ireland and across Europe.

    The Cork-based family firm has developed the Circle 7 product, which treats waste water by percolation using an advanced filtration system that returns it to near drinking water standard. Circle 7 can be fitted to new and existing waste water treatment plants to vastly improve the quality of the system, it said.

    IWW founders Niall and Mary Mulcahy spent three years with significant investment in creating Circle 7 and have invested more than 20pc of IWW’s profits into the invention, it said.

    The company said it expected the product to double the size of IWW and it recently purchased new land to allow for an expansion of its premises. It is planning to recruit ten new employees, doubling the size of the workforce over the next five years.

    The total septic tank market in Ireland is estimated to be worth more than €3bn.

    Source: https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/cork-firm-eyes-3bn-market-with-product-38124879.html

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  • May
    16

    Our New Product, Circle 7, Launch Event


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  • May
    09

    Ireland Waste Water Circle7 Launch


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    The team at Ireland Waste Water would be delighted if you could join us for the official launch of our revolutionary new
    Circle7 Tertiary Treatment System
     
    at the
     Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
    on
    Friday 10th May 2019 at 12 noon
    followed by lunch at 1pm

    Among special guests, dignitaries and friends
    Jim Daly, TD Minister of State 
     will officially launch the new Advanced Package Tertiary Treatment
    Certified to the EN12566-7 CE Mark. 

    Suitable for both domestic and commercial uses,
    the product has been certified up to 50 PE and tested by the PIA

    Representatives from both PIA and a major innovative European wastewater company will also be in attendance.

    Location: Oriel House Hotel, Main St., Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Google Maps

    We look forward to welcoming you on the day! 
     

    Yours sincerely,

    Mary Mulcahy
    Ireland Waste Water 

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  • May
    08

    We are launching Circle 7 En12566-7 on Friday 10-5-19


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    Circle 7 is a genuinely innovative invention that will purify waste water in homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland to a higher standard than what’s currently achievable, saving them thousands of Euro in the process. It reimagines the traditional flawed septic tank process which, when not managed correctly, is a risk for contaminating the land and the water system. Circle 7 provides a new system to treat waste water by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near drinking water standard.

     “An ongoing problem with waste water from
    Irish households is the growing use of chemicals which is leading to an
    increase in the amount of ‘grey water’. Grey water is damaging septic tank
    & wastewater systems as they currently stand in homes all over the country,
    with the primary risk being contamination of the clean water supply into a
    home, as well as of the surrounding land.”

    The
    added bonus of our system is that it will actually save homeowners €5,000 over
    5 years – at least, because there is no desludging required; no parts
    replacement, no media filter replacement and no Pumps needed and a small foot
    print in the ground.

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