• Jan
    23

    There is a Real Risk of E. coli in our Water


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    The government must introduce more measures to stem the contamination of Irish water supplies in 2020, says Mary Mulcahy, co-founder of Ireland Water, in today’s (23rd January 2020) The Echo paper.

    Improper spreading of slurry and subpar septic tanks are threatening the quality of our water and as a result there is a very real risk of E. coli and other contamination-related side-effects. As we approach a new year, we are taking stock of developments to date and looking at what action needs to be taken over the next 12 months and beyond. The beginning of this year started out with promising announcements around the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme – the investment programme for water services in rural areas which included an increase in the maximum grant for refurbishment works to a domestic well from €2,031 to €3,000, as well an extension to the eligibility for the grant scheme.

    It is imperative that Government and the relevant bodies keep their foot on the gas when it comes to ensuring cleaner and more environmentally friendly water treatment systems in 2020.
    Reports from the EPA throughout the year paint a worrying picture of the flagging standards of septic tanks and other domestic water treatment systems in Ireland. The stakes are high when it comes to public welfare and environmental protection. We have been in this industry for 20 years and while the quality of water in Ireland is good by international standards, we cannot afford to be complacent in our approach as there are still issues that need to be addressed. As with anything of this nature, the potential for environmental pollution and a negative impact on the health of the nation is great and, as contamination of water could have disastrous consequences for those affected, these issues need to be dealt with the gravitas they deserve.

    One report points to fact that over half of the 2,000 inspections of septic tanks and other domestic wastewater treatment systems in 2017 and 2018 failed inspection because they were not built or maintained properly. While the latest EPA report found that sewage from the equivalent of 77,000 people in 36 towns and villages is released into the environment every day without treatment. 

    While works to upgrade water supply schemes are ongoing by Irish Water, the EPA suggest that there are a large number of schemes around the country still at risk of contamination – upto 60 serving an estimated 551,078 customers. A good number of these schemes serve the country’s most populated residential areas, such as parts of South Co. Dublin, Wicklow, Cork City and Kilkenny, as well as popular tourist areas in Cork and Kerry.  
    We see that there are two primary issues affecting the quality of water in various, particularly rural, locations around the country – namely, the improper spreading of slurry and the sub-par maintenance of household septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems.

    There are nearly half a million domestic wastewater treatment systems (DWWTS) used by rural householders to treat sewage in Ireland and most (90%) are septic tanks A very large percentage of these are not meeting the standards required and even after this has been pointed out, a large portion remain unfixed. What’s more the EPA’s research tells us that treatment at 21 of Ireland’s 169 large towns and cities did not meet national and European standards set to protect the environment. There is a very real risk of E. coli and other contamination-related side-effects for these homes and businesses and the surrounding areas.

    We are advocating for a hastening of the pace at which Government and local authorities are addressing these issues, and perhaps more sanctioning for those who don’t abide by the existing guidelines. The way local authorities deal with this issue varies from county to county also – there is not a uniform approach to penalties and sanctions when perhaps there should be.

    We applaud the decision to extend and expand the septic tank grant so that it’s no longer means tested. We all have a role to play in taking care of ourselves and our environment. People need the backing and the support of the Government, but they also need to take personal responsibility. From what we have seen to date, most people are more than willing to do just this.

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  • Dec
    10

    Irish Water need to do more to stop contamination of Drinking Water in Cork – says a Cork based sewerage treatment firm


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    • Improper spreading of slurry and subpar septic tanks is threatening the quality of our water – says Company
    • Grants, penalties and a more uniform approach needed by local authorities – says Company
    • The is a very real risk of E. coli and other contamination-related side-effects – says Company

    An Irish wastewater treatment manufacturer, based in Riverstick, Co Cork is calling on the Government to fast-track some of the proposals outlined in the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2017 and 2018 report[1].

    File photo showing pristine natural landscape in Ireland

    Ireland Waste Water is a privately owned Irish company founded in Cork by Mary & Niall Mulcahy over 12 years ago. It is based in Riverstick, Co Cork. The company trades as ‘Ireland Waste Water’. A search of the Companies Registration Office database indicates this is a Registered Trading name of Irish Sewerage Treatment Systems Ltd.

    The private company says recent research from the EPA paints a worrying picture of the water quality of certain systems throughout the country, and that it is now imperative that Government and the relevant bodies keep their foot on the gas when it comes to ensuring cleaner and more environmentally-friendly water treatment systems.

    This comes on the back of two separate reports from the EPA. The first, released earlier this year, revealed that over half of the 2,000 inspections of septic tanks and other domestic wastewater treatment systems in 2017 and 2018 failed inspection because they were not built or maintained properly.[2] While the latest EPA report found that sewage from the equivalent of 77,000 people in 36 towns and villages is released into the environment every day without treatment. [3]

    Mary Mulcahy, Co-Founder of Ireland Waster Water explained their position,

    “The EPA report earlier this year showed that for the 2017-2018 period of local authority inspections Cork County had a failure rate 49% – and even more worryingly, by March of this year, 11% of these failing systems remained unfixed. The stakes are high when it comes to public welfare and environmental protection. We have been in this industry for 20 years and while the quality of water in Ireland is good by international standards, we cannot afford to be complacent in our approach as there are still issues that need to be addressed. As with anything of this nature, the potential for environmental pollution and a negative impact on the health of the nation is great and, as contamination of water could have disastrous consequences for those affected, these issues need to be dealt with the gravitas they deserve.”

    IWW say there are two primary issues affecting the quality of water in various, particularly rural, locations around the country – namely, the improper spreading of slurry[4] and the sub-par maintenance of household septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems.

    Ms. Mulcahy explained,

    “There are nearly half a million domestic wastewater treatment systems (DWWTS) used by rural householders to treat sewage in Ireland and most (90%) are septic tanks[5]. A very large percentage of these are not meeting the standards required and even after this has been pointed out, a large portion remain unfixed. What’s more the EPA’s research tells us that treatment at 21 of Ireland’s 169 large towns and cities did not meet national and European standards set to protect the environment. There is a very real risk of E. coli and other contamination-related side-effects for these homes and businesses and the surrounding areas.

    We are advocating for a hastening of the pace at which Government and local authorities are addressing these issues, and perhaps more sanctioning for those who don’t abide by the existing guidelines. The way local authorities deal with this issue varies from county to county also – there is not a uniform approach to penalties and sanctions when perhaps there should be.

    We applaud the decision to extend and expand the septic tank grant so that it’s no longer means tested. We all have a role to play in taking care of ourselves and our environment. People need the backing and the support of the Government, but they also need to take personal responsibility. From what we have seen to date, most people are more than willing to do just this.”

    Circle 7

    Circle 7 is a unique wastewater purifying solution for homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland, that treats water in a more environmentally friendly way, and to a higher standard than what has been possible to date, saving households and businesses thousands of Euro in the process. Ireland Waste Water is the only company that has achieved European certification for their product, which is unique in the Irish market. 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 wastewater by taking household waste, percolating it using an advanced filtration system and bringing it to a near bathing water standard.

    Niall Mulcahy, Co-founder of Ireland Waste Water commented,

    “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.”

    IWW are reporting strong demand nationwide for their Circle 7 invention. The company says they need to look at growing their distribution network and warehousing facility.

    Mr. Mulcahy went on to say,

    “Since we launched Circle 7 earlier this year the demand has been phenomenal – people the length and breadth of the country have been getting in touch with us saying they have been looking for a solution just like this but had not been able to find one to date.

    The demand in the West of Ireland has been particularly strong, and while we have been and will continue to service customers all over the country – logistics is definitely a challenge. We need to transport huge concrete tanks by the use of cranes and as we are almost at full capacity at the moment, we are looking at other avenues for our distribution network.”

    Contamination Risk

    While works to upgrade water supply schemes are ongoing by Irish Water, the EPA suggest that there are a large number of schemes around the country still at risk of contamination – up to 60 serving an estimated 551,078 customers. A good number of these schemes serve the country’s most populated residential areas, such as parts of South Co Dublin, Wicklow, Cork City and Kilkenny, as well as popular tourist areas in Cork and Kerry.

    Source: https://www.thecork.ie/2019/12/04/irish-water-need-to-do-more-to-stop-contamination-of-drinking-water-in-cork-says-a-cork-based-sewerage-treatment-firm/

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  • Dec
    10

    EPA identifies nine seriously polluted river bodies in Ireland


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    The water quality in the river bodies is described as “the worst of the worst”.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its report on the water quality in Ireland from 2013 to 2018 this week, finding that the overall water quality levels are deteriorating over that time.

    In fact, the assessment shows that just 53% of Ireland’s surface water bodies are of a satisfactory water quality.#AD

    The key findings from the assessment are as follows:

    • 92% of groundwater bodies, 80% of coastal waters, 53% of rivers, 50% of lakes and 38% of estuaries were found to be of satisfactory quality
    • Since the last full assessment, river water quality has got worse, with a net decline of 5.5% (128 water bodies) in the status of river water bodies
    • There is a continuing loss of the pristine (‘best of the best’) river water bodies. There are now just 20 pristine river sites, down from over 500 sites in the late 1980s
    • The number of seriously polluted river water bodies (the ‘worst of the worst’) has started to rise – from six to nine – after many years of an improving trend
    • The number of fish kills has increased to 40 in 2018 after a historic low of 14 in 2017. It is likely that the hot summer and low flow conditions in 2018 had an impact on this

    The following are the rivers with the lowest quality levels in the country, below the national average, with less than 40% of the river water bodies monitored in the following catchments of satisfactory ecological status:

    • Foyle
    • Donagh-Moville
    • Newry, Fane, Glyde and Dee
    • Boyne
    • Nanny-Delvin
    • Liffey and Dublin Bay
    • Owenavorragh
    • Shannon Estuary South
    • Four catchments in the Upper Shannon
    • Mal Bay

    Commenting on the assessment, EPA Director Matt Crowe said:

    “Ireland has made commitments to protect and improve water quality, under the Water Framework Directive and the National River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021. The aim of European and National Water Policy is to get polluted waters clean again, and ensure clean waters are kept clean.

    “However, the findings of this report indicate that water quality is getting worse after a period of relative stability and improvement. We now have an increase in the number of the most polluted river sites, and the number of rivers in poor ecological health is also increasing. Positive trends reported previously by the EPA have reversed. Not only are we failing to improve overall water quality, we are also failing to prevent further deterioration of our rivers.”

    In response to these findings, Mary Mulcahy, the co-founder of Ireland Waster Water, a wastewater treatment manufacturers based in Cork, said: “The stakes are high when it comes to public welfare and environmental protection. We have been in this industry for 20 years and while the quality of water in Ireland is good by international standards, it is clearing flagging as evidenced by this report, and we cannot afford to be complacent as there are still issues that need to be addressed with urgency.

    “As with anything of this nature, the potential for environmental pollution and a negative impact on the health of the nation is great and, as contamination of water could have disastrous consequences for those affected, these issues need to be dealt with the gravitas they deserve. It is imperative that Government and the relevant bodies keep their foot on the gas when it comes to ensuring clean, safe water in this country in 2020 and beyond.”

    You can read the full EPA report right here.

    Source: https://www.joe.ie/news/epa-identifies-nine-seriously-polluted-river-bodies-ireland-688787

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  • Sep
    09

    The Carrigdhoun: Local Wastewater Treatment Company Recruitment Drive To Double its Workforce by the End of the Year


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    A Riverstick wastewater treatment business, Ireland Waste Water (IWW) has announced plans to double its staff numbers with the recruitment of 10 new workers to its team. IWW are looking to fill the positions – most of which will be based at their HQ in Cork, in several areas – namely, technical sales, service, administration, finance, project management and general operations.

    The recruitment drive is part of the business’s wider expansion plans following several years of steady and quickening growth. IWW has reported very strong demand for their newest addition to their product line – Circle 7 – an innovative water purifying system which is the first of its kind in the world. However, the waste water specialists are reporting a ‘challenging’ jobs marketplace in their quest to find the right candidates with the experience required.

    IWW is a privately owned Irish company founded in Cork by Mary and Niall Mulcahy over twenty years ago. It designs, manufactures and installs precast concrete wastewater treatment systems, septic tanks, interceptors, grease traps and rainwater harvesting systems. They also manufacture precast holding tanks for farm effluent, drinking water, etc. The total septic tank market in Ireland is estimated to be worth more than €3 billion.

    Speaking of their plans for growth, Mary Mulcahy co-founder of IWW stated “we are going to add 10 more people to our fantastic team by the end of the year – and it’s likely we will grow by another 10 in 2020. We’ve been lucky to date in that people who work with us not only have the skills we need but the work ethos we admire. However, employment levels in Ireland at high at the moment – and this is great, but it does present some challenges for employers.”

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  • Aug
    28

    Cork Independent: Jobs boost at family business


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    A waste water company is reporting a “challenging” jobs marketplace in its quest to find the right candidates with the experience required.

    Irish Waste Water (IWW) said so as the family-run business in Riverstick announced on Tuesday that it is to double its workforce and will recruit another ten workers.

    Most of the jobs will be based in Cork in several areas like technical sales, service, administration, finance, project management and general operations.

    IWW is a privately-owned company, founded by Mary and Niall Mulcahy over twenty years ago.

    Ms Mulcahy said: “We are going to add ten more people to our fantastic team by the end of the year and it’s likely we will grow by another ten in 2020. We’ve been lucky to date in that the people who work with us not only have the skills we need, but the work ethos we admire. However, employment levels in Ireland are high at the moment and this is great, but it does present some challenges for employers.”

    The recruitment drive is part of the business’s wider expansion plans following several years of steady and quickening growth.

    IWW said this week that it has reported very strong demand for its newest addition, a product line called Circle 7, an innovative domestic and commercial water purifying system which IWW claims is the first of its kind in the world.

    It also designs, manufactures and installs precast concrete wastewater treatment systems, septic tanks, interceptors, grease traps and rainwater harvesting systems. Its also manufactures precast holding tanks for farm effluent and drinking water.

    The total septic tank market in Ireland is estimated to be worth more than €3 billion, IWW has said.

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  • Aug
    27

    The Echo: Cork Wastewater firm to double workforce


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    A Cork-based wastewater treatment business, Ireland Waste Water (IWW), has announced plans to double its staff numbers with the recruitment of 10 new workers.

    IWW are looking to fill the positions – most of which will be based at their HQ in Cork, in several areas – namely, technical sales, service administration, finance, project management and general operations.

    The recruitment drive is part of the business’s wider expansion plans following several years of steady and quickening growth. IWW has reported very strong demand for their newest addition to their product line – circle 7 – an innovative domestic and commercial water purifying system which is the first of its kind in the world.

    However, the waste water specialists are reporting a “challenging” jobs marketplace in their quest to find the right candidates with experience required.

    “Circle 7 is a unique wastewater purifying solution for homes, schools, factories and businesses throughout rural Ireland, that treats water in more environmentally friendly way, and to a higher standard than what’s currently achievable, saving households and businesses thousands of euros in the process.

    “Since we launched Circle 7 earlier this year the demand has been phenomenal – people the length and breadth of the country have been getting in touch with us saying they have been looking for a solution just like this but had not been able to find one to date”. concluded Mary.

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  • Aug
    23

    Irish Examiner: IWW plans to double its staff numbers


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    Avril, Calvin, Mary, Niall and Claudia Mulcahy of waste water firm IWW, a family-owned business which is doubling in size.

    Wastewater treatment company Ireland Waste Water plans to double its staff numbers with the recruitment of 10 new workers to its team.

    Cork-based IWW’s recruitment drive is partly inspired by demand for Circle 7, its new domestic and commercial water purifying system, the first of its kind in the world. Most of the new positions will be based at the HQ in Cork. The roles include technical sales, service, administration, finance, project management and general operations.

    Mary Mulcahy, co-founder of IWW, said: “We will add 10 more people by the end of the year, and it’s likely we will add another 10 in 2020. We’ve been lucky to date in that the people who work with us not only have the skills we need, but the work ethos we admire. However, employment levels in Ireland at high at the moment – and this is great, but it does present some challenges for employers.”

    IWW is a privately-owned Irish company, founded in Cork by Mary and Niall Mulcahy over 20 years ago. It designs, manufactures and installs precast concrete wastewater treatment systems, septic tanks, interceptors, grease traps, rainwater harvesting systems.

    They also manufacture precast holding tanks for farm effluent, drinking water, etc. The total septic tank market in Ireland is estimated to be worth more than €3 bn.

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  • Aug
    22

    Connaught Telegraph: 78% septic tanks failure rate in Mayo


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    Ireland Waste Water offer waste water solutions throughout Connacht. You can schedule a meeting with us here to discuss more.

    SEVENTY-EIGHT per cent of septic tanks inspected in Mayo in the period 2017-18 had a ‘failed’ rating.

    The number of inspections required of the local authority during that period was 122. However, 169 tanks were actually inspected.

    The Environmental Protection Agency has released a review of over 2,000 inspections of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in 2017 and 2018. Nearly half of the systems failed inspection because they were not built or maintained properly. 

    The report reveals that in Mayo, the failure rate was 78%. As of March of this year, for the systems failing period 2013-18, 56% of those systems had been fixed.

    Commenting on the report, Dr. Tom Ryan, director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, said: “If you do not maintain your septic tank, it can contaminate your own or your neighbour’s well or your local stream, putting your health at risk and that of your family and neighbours. You can take simple steps to maintain your septic tank by making sure it is not leaking, ponding or discharging to ditches and by cleaning it out regularly.”

    The report found that nearly one-third of systems that failed inspections during 2013-2018 are still not fixed. Local authorities need to take appropriate measures to ensure householders fix systems that fail inspection.

    Said Noel Byrne, senior scientist in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement: “It is important that householders fix systems where problems are detected. To improve water quality, the government’s proposed expanded septic tank grant scheme, due to be launched later this year, will increase the maximum grant aid available to €5,000 and remove the means test requirements.”

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  • Aug
    22

    Irish Daily Mirror: Waste water firm creating 10 new posts


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    A water treatment company will double its workforce by the end of the year. Cork-based business Ireland Waste Water is looking to add 10 new employees to its team.

    Most of the positions will be at their HQ in technical sales, service administration, finance, project management and general operations.

    Click here to learn more about the positions we are recruiting for.

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  • Aug
    22

    Irish Examiner: Ireland Waste Water Set To Expand


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    Cork-based Wastewater firm Ireland Waste Water, is to double its staff by hiring 10 new staff as part of wider expansion plans.

    You can read more about this job opportunity in our recruitment section.

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