Ireland Implements Dutch Wastewater Treatment Technology

Sept. 11, 2015
One plant is in operation and two more are under way

Ireland’s first wastewater treatment plant using international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV’s Nereda technology is now in operation. Producing clean water using less energy, the technology is being introduced into Ireland through a partnership between Royal HaskoningDHV and Irish water treatment company EPS. Two more Nereda plants are under way.

“We are delighted to provide Nereda as the next generation wastewater treatment technology to our clients,” said Jim Palmer, EPS technical director. “Nereda is a cutting-edge development which offers very low cost of ownership to end-users of wastewater treatment plants.”

The Nereda biological treatment process brings performance benefits alongside cost and sustainability advantages. The new plants will help Irish Water meet the requirements under the European Union Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive to improve health, water quality and the integrity of the environment.

All three Nereda plants will be in County Cork, the second most populous county in the south of Ireland. The Nereda plants will be purifying the wastewater of a quarter of the county’s population and bring an end to untreated discharges and unpleasant odours.

Nereda purifies water using the features of aerobic granular mass. It requires less energy and chemicals and has a smaller footprint than conventional water treatment systems. The technology was invented by the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and developed in a unique public-private partnership between the university, Royal HaskoningDHV, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research and the Dutch Water Boards.

Nereda plants are being built or in operation across the globe in countries including Australia, Brazil, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland and more.

Source: Royal HaskoningDHV