Institute Hosts Water and Wastewater Seminar


Institute of Technology Carlow hosted a water and wastewater seminar last week in association with CIWEM, Veolia Ireland and Engineers Ireland (southeast region).

The event, which took place in the Haughton Building, comprised two separate presentations by Frank Murphy, Process Engineering Manager for Veolia Ireland and Brian Deegan, Catchment Scientist/Lead Ecologist, Irish Water Asset Management.

Mr. Murphy’s presentation was titled “Innovative Applications of Moving Bed Bio-Reactor Technology for Wastewater Treatment. A Chartered Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the Water Industry, Mr. Murphy provided an overview of the biofilm versus activated sludge system with some pros and cons of each. He highlighted particular applications where biofilm MBBR is well suited and outlined some advancements in MBBR systems.

Dr. Deegan discussed Environmental Planning requirements associated with Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. Dr. Deegan, who has more than 17 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors, explained how environmental planning and assessment, as part of infrastructure projects, is fundamental to understanding the potential environmental impacts associated with those projects that will influence their design, location and the mitigation measures required to ensure that the potential for environmental impacts are negated.

The seminar was well attended and allowed for good networking opportunities with food and refreshments served before the seminar commenced.