Will your septic tank and the waste water pipes in your house require to be changed completely in about 30 years time? This is a new domestic treatment system that recycles phosphorus from urine to provide sustainable fertilizer for kitchen gardens

The need to separate and recycle phosphorus will become the most urgent waste water treatment goal over the next 30 to 100 years. Over the coming decades as the finite phosphorus rock resources of the world become more alarmingly scarce, every domestic or single house system that is not connected to a centralized sewage treatment works will be required […]

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The population of the world depends on having enough phosphorus. Unless we recycle it there will be food price inflation, eventually food shortages and probably famine.

What is Phosphorus: Phosphorus is a natural resource used as a fertiliser in the production of food.  Almost all phosphorus rock is mined in countries outside of Europe, making the EU potentially vulnerable to a future phosphorous and therefore a food shortage.   What is the phosphorus problem?: Phosphorus is key element in fertilizer for the production […]

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Want a simple rain water harvesting system with less moving parts and less potential maintenance issues? Architects need to design with this in mind.

The talk about probable future rising oil prices and the recent debate about water charges in Ireland might give reason for some to plan for long term sustainability issues; such as reducing energy use and water use. But there is another reason to be interested in a simple pump free systems – there are less […]

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The Danish are turning urine into beer – should Ireland also be taking the piss?

An article in the Irish times last week looked at how Copenhagen microbrewer Nørrebro Bryghus collected 54,000 litres of urine from festival-goers in order to make a beer caller “Pisner”. The urine was transformed into fertiliser and yielded it into 11 tonnes of malting barley. After harvesting and brewing the malting barley, the beer will hit the […]

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Treating Grey Water from a busy restaurant in Ireland using a Herr Reed Bed; to be recycled and reused safely for toilet flushing

A Working Example in Dublin A Herr Reed Bed System was installed in 2013 to treat the grey water at the Airfield Trust farm in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland in 2013. Airfield has 40 acres of fields, farm animal enclosures, formal gardens and a visitor centre for the many day visitors who arrive at this family-friendly […]

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