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The WASTEWATER TIMES Ed.2 Nov 2011

The WASTEWATER TIMES - Introduction

By Tim Clifford, SiteAssessor.com

Welcome to the second edition of the Wastewater Times.

Since the last (and 1st) Newsletter there have been a number of intersting developments in the wastewater industry. Primarily the publication of the long awaited Water Services Amendment Bill 2011. Quiet a few media articles have touched on a few bullet point items surrounding the Bill. As I feel that as this is a piece of legislation that will directly affect myself and up to 1.5 million Irish homes I have decided to dissect the Bill with the help of our resident blogger Kevin Murray and highlight areas that have been addressed and areas I feel are in need of clarification.

Last August I also held a small seminar to discuss the recent An Bord Pleanala (ABP) decision to overturn a decision by Kilkenny Co Co and granted full planning permission on a green field site with a T-value >90 for a Zero Discharge Willow system (ZDWS).I have thrown together a summary of the day as there has been a huge amount of interest in this topic over the last few weeks.

In this issue we are also introducting the latest secondary wastewater system to hit the Irish shore. Terry Hutt of BioPro.ie gives me a quick overview of his system that can achieve an effluent quality of BOD: 7mg/l, SS: 10mg/l, Total P: 2mg/l, NH4-N: 2mg/l and dare I say an an extremley competitive price.

And lastly i just talk about a few recent and upcoming developments on the SiteAssessor.com website. An important read for all our members.

As always if you have any topics that you would like to see addressed then please feel free to drop me a mail.

thx for reading

Tim
087-9903697
info@siteassessor.com




Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011 explained!

By Tim Clifford, SiteAssessor.com (& Kevin Murray)

Over the last week or so there has been much discussion about the issues surrounding the pending legislation of Septic Tank registering, monitoring and inspection. Quiet a few media articles have touched on a few bullet point items surrounding the Bill. However as I feel that as this is a piece of legislation that will directly affect myself and up to 1.5 million Irish people I have decided to personally dissect the Bill with the help of Kevin Murray and highlight areas that have been addressed and are in need of serious clarification. The more I read the bill the more questions that it throws up. I don’t have the answers to some of the questions raised in this article but if anything I hope it will lead to further discussion/debate and balanced scrutiny before the Bill is debated and passed by the houses of the Oireachtas pre 2012.








Zero Discharge Willow System Seminar Resume

By Tim Clifford, SiteAssessor.com

Following on from the recent Zero Discharge Willow System Seminar I have thrown together a summary of the day. There has been a huge amount of interest in this topic over the last few weeks.

As the community is now aware in May of this year (2011) An Bord Pleanala (ABP) overturned a decision by Kilkenny Co Co and granted full planning permission on a green field site with a T-value >90 for a Zero Discharge Willow system (ZDWS).

As far as I know this is the first time that ABP have granted planning permission for a system that has not fully been ratified/endorsed by the CoP. Purely from a site assessor point of view I was delighted as I now felt I had an option to put forward to clients who had failed percolation. The only issue was I did not know anything about the ZDWS so I decided to organise a seminar on the issue.








August BioPro Wastewater Treatment System

Tim Clifford speaks to Terry Hutt, August BioPro Ireland (www.biopro.ie)

Oh no. Not another “bio” system. That’s what Terry Hutt thought when he named his company last year, after seeing a need for an affordable cost alternative solution to Ireland’s wastewater woes.

The last year has seen tremendous changes in the way Ireland views wastewater management and local authorities, companies and newer developments have been put under the microscope as to the treatment of effluent and the ability to safely return it to the environment. Terry, a Canadian born architect has been practising architecture in Ireland for 7 years and with the downturn in the economy and the building bust making it harder to make a living, decided to change his focus to providing an affordable alternative to the traditional methods of wastewater treatment and raise the bar in the final level of treatment the system provides for one off homes to purpose built systems of up to 5000 people population.








Changing times.... a more collaborative environment

By Tim Clifford, SiteAssessor.com

We have been live now a few months and our page views have increased significantly. The phone does not stop and it takes me a few hours every week to tackle my inbox. Im really excited at the interest it is generating and especially the fact that it is facilitiing communication and collaboration in the industry.

Slowly but surely people are getting braver and are now beginning to actively participate on the forums and blogs. This is really what Site Assessor.com is all about in fact - i really would like to see it as a forum for discussion between all the stakeholders in the industry, so i actively ask, appeal and coax you to jump on if you want to open a discussion topic.

To entice people to get onboard and join in the discussion you might have seen that there was 30% off our recent ZDWS seminar in cork for those that were active on the site.

We have decided to extend this sort of system to the site in general as it seemed to work rather well. Below are two measures that will definietly benefit our members :

  • In the expert pages (which is now generating alot of enquiries and business for certain siteassessor's and professionals) we have decided to order people by thier participation on the site. For example the more genuine messages you leave on the forums and blogs the higher on the list you will be. Obviously the people higher on the list are contacted more by people looking for a siteassessor or professional. I think its perhaps good practice that those that help others out on the SiteAssessor community reap some benefits.
  • Our future seminars and events will also have big reductions for active members.







Big developments !

By Tim Clifford, SiteAssessor.com

SiteAssessor.com is continually being improved and further developed. In fact i have a list as long as my arm that needs implementing, all that im lacking is 48 hour days! One section in particular is under heavy testing at the moment and will be online in the coming weeks and promises to be quite interesting for all interested in the myres of wastewater in ireland. Stay tuned !