Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, in partnership with Offaly County Council, today announced details of a programme it is launching, to quantify wastewater loads to the Birr wastewater network and treatment plant.

The programme will examine trade effluent discharged from business premises to the wastewater network to understand the potential they have to contribute to excess loading at the Birr wastewater treatment plant.

Commenting on the programme, Martin Hogan, Wastewater Source Control & Licensing Project Manager said: “Irish Water, in partnership with Offaly County Council, is delivering significant capital investment at the Birr Wastewater Treatment Plant. This will ensure the longevity and efficiency of the wastewater network and treatment plant and protect the local environment.”

The programme will be rolled out through community engagement in May. Information gathered from the programme will be used to identify, monitor, license and control discharges to the sewer resulting from business activities. Similar programmes have been successful throughout Ireland most recently in Dublin City, Galway City and Limerick City.

Letters will shortly be issued to owners of businesses in Birr and Irish Water representatives will be visiting premises to inform business owners about the programme. For further information on the programme business owners can contact LoCall 1890 278 278 or email


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