Mullingar Scheme wins Engineers Ireland Excellence Award

Nov 11, 2013

The 2013 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards were held in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on Friday 8th November. The awards recognise excellence and achievement in the engineering profession through a number of award categories ranging from Engineering Project of the Year to International Engineer Award.

Environmental Award

This year’s Environmental Infrastructure Award was sponsored by the EPA and with three finalists shortlisted; Kilmallock Water Supply, Mullingar Wastewater Improvement and Srowland Water Treatment. This award is for the management of a drinking water treatment facility or a waste water treatment plant that demonstrates excellence in the performance of the infrastructure in terms of value for money, treatment performance or sludge/chemical management from catchment to consumer back to catchment.

The winner of the award was the Mullingar Sewerage Improvement Scheme. Since it’s commissioning in 2010 the scheme has helped to significantly reduce pollution in the river Brosna and Lough Ennell. Previously the existing plant was overloaded and unable to meet the required standards for treating its wastewaters. To resolve this the treatment plant was upgraded to increase the capacity of the plant to serve a greater population (increased from 20,000pe to 55,000pe) with reduced stormwater overflows. The existing collection sytem was also upgraded to include over 4km of new sewers of up to 1800mm diameter.

Byrne Looby Partners in joint venture with JB Barry & Partners were consulting engineers on the Scheme. Commenting on the win Kieran Thornton, member of the project team and Technical Director with Byrne Looby commented “we’re delighted that the positive impact of the scheme on the local environment has been recognised, it was a challenging project but it has had huge benefits including noticeable improvements in water quality since the scheme has been commissioned”.

Read more about the scheme here.