National Survey on Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Ireland

The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) at the Nimbus Research Centre in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is undertaking a project on the role of water reuse in Ireland in the context of the circular economy. treated wastewater

The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. One key aspect of the project is to conduct a national survey to assess public opinion regarding the potential for reuse of treated wastewater in Ireland.

Natural resources are valuable assets that need protecting and careful management to ensure the future sustainability of society. Many industries, and sectors in the economy, are driving ahead in efforts to reduce waste, by recovering and reusing useful resources from what would previously have been discarded. Society as a whole has much to gain by following this circular economy approach, whereby raw resources are used more sparingly and waste is minimised. Benefits range from reduced costs for individual consumers, to helping reduce carbon emissions, and combatting climate change.

Water is a valuable resource. Delivering clean water to households, offices, and industries, and treating it afterwards, is energy and cost intensive. Due to water scarcity and to avoid waste, many countries have adopted measures to reuse treated wastewater for applications like agricultural irrigation and street cleaning, or for household uses like toilet flushing and gardening. To date, Ireland has no such water reuse projects.

Anyone may participate in the survey and all contributions are welcome.  Survey results will be contained in the project’s final report and will be widely publicised.

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Source: EnviroSolutions

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