Nov 20, 2006

Ireland Opens First Underground Water Treatment Facility

Ireland’s Regional Development Minister, David Cairns, has announced the opening of the award winning Fofanny Water Treatment Works, the only underground water treatment facility in Ireland.

The £18 million treatment facility ($34,122,960) in the Mournes has been landscaped with local vegetation including over 10,000 native species of heather planted on the roof.

According to Northern Ireland News, the Minister joined two school children to plant a tree to mark the landscaping program that involved 6,550 trees.

The new Fofanny facility is able to operate mainly by a gravity system, reducing the need for pumping. A turbine has been installed into the building, which creates 10 percent of the energy needed to run the entire plant in the form of green energy.