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.