Trade effluent is liquid waste other than surface water and domestic sewage, that is discharged from a premises being used for a business, trade or industry

Irish Water is working with Cork County Council to ensure the continued compliance of the wastewater treatment plant in Clonakilty, with its obligations to protect water quality in Clonakilty Harbour which is environmentally designated as a National Heritage Area, Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area.

Trade effluent can be described as any liquid waste, other than surface water and domestic sewage, that is discharged from a premises being used for a business, trade or industry. It contains materials such as Fats, Oils and Grease, chemicals, detergents, heavy metal rinses or food waste. Over the past two years we have worked extensively with large local trade effluent producers in Clonakilty and we now plan to survey smaller trade effluent producers. The purpose of this survey is to examine if trade effluents from the wider business community in Clonakilty are contributing to excess loads at the treatment plant. These excess loads can overload the local wastewater treatment plant and potentially cause pollution in Clonakilty Harbour and may lead to odour issues and or blockages in the sewers.

If a business is a potential producer of trade effluent, our representatives will be visiting the premises to complete a brief survey to examine if there is a discharge of trade effluent and, if so, how that discharge is currently managed. If necessary, they will also work with the business owner to discuss ways in which you can minimise the impacts of your trade effluent discharge on the environment or, if appropriate, best practice management of Fats, Oils and Grease.

This programme is expected to start in Clonakilty on 28th August 2017 and run for a few days. Our inspectors are fully trained in inspecting similar premises and our aim is to provide minimum disruption during this visit, which should last less than an hour.

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