Monaghan County Council
Monaghan County Council is responsible for the provision of waste water treatment facilities in Co. Monaghan. In this context it seeks innovative methods of treating waste water through SRC Willow plantations, whilst encouraging the growth of a renewable energy source in the form of wood chip biomass.
In 2009 Monaghan County Council made a successful application to the SEUPB to carry out an Interreg IVA project. The SEUPB in Northern Ireland, the Border region of Ireland and western Scotland (Interreg IVA Programme) is a distinctive European Structural Funds programme.
The overall aim of the Project is ‘to deliver cooperation for a more prosperous & sustainable cross border region’. The broad aims of the plan include:
- Encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and business development.
- Promotion of cross border co-operation in policy development.
- Improvement in access to services to promote the quality of life for those living in the eligible area.
- Reduction of final effluent being discharged to local water ways of 16,000 m3 at Clontibret and 2,800 m3 at Knockatallon annually.
Monaghan County Council’s Project “SRC Willows” is designed to help meet the aims outlined above. The main thrust of the overall project is to use SRC Willow on local farms, irrigated with partially treated domestic waste water from Clontibret & Knockatallon Sewage treatment works. This will provide Biomass for heating/power generation on a cyclical basis over a ten year period.
Drilling and Pumping Supplies was awarded the contact in late 2013 for the works at both sites. As one of the few companies in Ireland with the experience and ability to provide waste water pumping, electrical control and irrigation systems, it was a perfect fit.
Both Knockatallon, comprising 5.4 hectares of willow, and Clontibret, 6 hectares of willow, use the same equipment. Both sites are fitted with a low lift pump station using submersible KSB Amarex N pumps to transfer final effluent to pre-cast storage tanks. The irrigation system is made up of 15 and 11 zones respectively, using the KSB Movitec range of pumps to pressurise the final effluent through the network. Control of the irrigation system is attained by means of a HUNTER irrigation control panel. Being fully adjustable, the Hunter irrigation control panel allows for variable liquid flows to be sent to each zone which creates a flexible and reliable system design.
Online monitoring through the NORTECH i-Host system allows remote viewing and trending of a number of site parameters including tank levels , flow, rainfall , air temperature, irrigation system pressures and running hours.
Working along with the local Councils and AFBI, Drilling & Pumping Supplies have been able to provide the experience and know how to get these projects to working examples, assisting all Parties to complete the overall aim of the Projects.
We look forward to monitoring the progress in the future years on what we believe is a very worthwhile and clean solution for final effluent discharge.
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