Irish Water in partnership with Kildare County Council welcomed Engineer Young Officers from the Irish Defence Forces for a tour of Osberstown Wastewater Plant in Naas last week to learn about the wastewater treatment process. The Young Officers are currently completing a course in Military Engineering at the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh and come from a variety of educational backgrounds, including civil, structural and mechanical engineering. On successful completion of the course they will have responsibility for roles including the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems when deployed abroad. The course also visited Ireland’s largest water treatment plant at Ballymore Eustace in Bishopsland last week which was hosted by Dublin City Council.

Both tours were organised and supported by Irish Water providing the young officers with a first-hand opportunity to view the complex water treatment processes that enables Irish Water plants to produce 1.7 billion litres of clean drinking water every day and the complex treatment process needed to treat 1.6 billion litres of wastewater daily. Speaking about the visits, Morgan Cox, DBO Lead in Irish Water’s Asset Operations section stated: 

Plant tours like these provide a valuable opportunity for engineering students and professionals an opportunity to see modern infrastructure in operation and to gain valuable insight into how engineers and technology can turn raw, untreated water into clean, safe drinking water and how to treat wastewater so it can be safely returned to the environment, thus completing the natural hydrological cycle for a sustainable future for all.”

At Osberstown Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Young Officers saw the impact of flushing inappropriate items with dozens of cotton bud sticks entering the wastewater treatment tanks that will need to be removed to prevent blockages. Blockages occur as a result of inappropriate items, such as wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, nappies and cotton wool pads, being flushed down the toilet instead of being put in the bin. Irish Water clear thousands of sewer blockages around the country annually which were caused by inappropriate items being flushed down the toilet. Placing a bin in the bathroom and disposing of sanitary items safely and appropriately has a huge positive impact on the network allowing it to function efficiently and effectively and on the environment.


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