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Hedge Planting

Sunday 4th March
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 18th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield
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The Rivers Trust Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday 21st March
Iveagh House, Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
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Excellent progress on ICW scheme 22 October 2014

Kennedy – Excellent progress on sustainable wastewater treatment scheme in Stoneyford

 

ICW

 

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £1.3million project by NI Water to deliver what will be Northern Ireland’s first Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) fully sustainable method of treating wastewater is on schedule to be completed before the end of the year.

Construction work got underway in April this year on the innovative and environmentally friendly wetland site where wastewater is cleaned using a natural process.

ICWs are designed, built and operated through human technology and are based on processes that occur naturally within indigenous wetlands providing an environment where the plants such as Glyceria Maxima and Typha Latifolia themselves clean the water.

Danny Kennedy said: “I am impressed with the progress on this sustainable new approach to wastewater treatment.

“The current treatment works in Stoneyford is nearing the end of its useful life and the new replacement ICW will be a flagship project for NI Water and an industry–leading example of how wastewater treatment can be integrated into and complement a local indigenous ecosystem.

“The ICW approach has been developed on natural treatment processes. This is the first time that this innovative solution has been used for municipal purposes in Northern Ireland.

“This is an important and significant step towards the development of more environmentally–sustainable water treatment solutions.”

The ICW method has an established record in Europe of providing a low cost, low energy and low maintenance alternative to mechanical wastewater treatment. NI Water believes that this natural environmentally–friendly solution is particularly suited to rural areas and aims to accommodate the future development needs of Stoneyford, while promoting flora and fauna in a natural ecosystem.

Sara Venning, NI Water’s Chief Executive added: “NI Water is delighted to be able to cater for the needs of a growing population in Stoneyford through sustainable projects such as this. The new Stoneyford ICW will deliver improved wastewater treatment whilst creating an aesthetically–pleasing area, rich in biodiversity, and potentially an educational resource.

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