Science Week 8-15 November 2020
Science Week is an annual week-long event, supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), celebrating science in peoples’ everyday lives.
Irish Water is delighted to take part in Science Week 2020 and focusing on how science can improve our lives for today and in the future, especially during these unprecedented times.
Irish Water is committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions. Ensuring that our water and wastewater services are delivered in a sustainable manner is a top priority for us and we are already implementing energy efficient design for all projects as well as energy efficiency measures into the operation of our treatment plants where possible.
Throughout Science Week, we will be highlighting these energy efficiency projects as well as introducing some of the Irish Water scientists who use science everyday as part of their role.
‘I’ve planted a tree and my garden is pesticide-free’ campaign
As part of Science Week, Irish Water, the National Federation of Group Water Schemes, Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) and a range of organisations are launching a new community based project to tackle the issue of pesticide exceedances in the Newport catchment area. Already piloted in parts of Roscommon, the project which encourages families to stop using pesticides in their gardens and around their homes, is going to be rolled out in Newport early next year.
Meet the scientists
Brian Deegan, Environmental and Ecological Assessment Specialist
Together with my team we’re responsible for assessing the potential environmental impacts associated with numerous Irish Water projects and activities, identifying ways to avoid or reduce these impacts.
Francis Glancy, Drinking Water Compliance Analyst
My role is about safeguarding the water supply for homes and businesses in Louth and Meath. We take raw water and put it through a complex treatment process so you can use it safely every day.
Aphra Leavy, Water and Wastewater Optimisation Manager
Every day is different and brings a new challenge. Every treatment plant is different and there are so many water and wastewater processes involved.
Joanne McGuinness, Regional Wastewater Compliance Specialist
My role is about safeguarding our environment and overseeing the compliance of our wastewater treatment plants across the region. I have always loved nature and the great outdoors and that is where my interest in Science stems from.