PHIL Hogan TD Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government described Molloy Precast’s facility as “fantastic and hugely educational” during a visit on Thursday last.
He was there to officially open the company’s purposely built percolation demonstration and rainwater harvesting facility at Clara Road, Tullamore.
The weather which greeted the minister on the day was quite apt with water, water everywhere.
The facility which is Ireland’s only percolation demonstration facility features every percolation system available on the Irish market and is entirely focused on ensuring the education of best practice in percolation design and installation to homeowners, construction professionals and students.
In simple terms the facility demonstrates how different percolation systems function, how they should be correctly installed and the EPA’s guidelines for the design and sizing of each system. In addition, the site also features a fully operating rainwater harvesting system.
Established in 1979, Molloy Precast employs 10 people from their state of the art facility in Tullamore. Initially set up to offer concrete products, it entered the onsite wastewater treatment market in 2001.
Since then the company has developed an excellent reputation for developing cost effective environmental solutions for wastewater treatment and rainwater harvesting.
In 2011, Molloy Precast agreed to license a novel wastewater treatment technology developed and patented by a civil engineering research team at NUI Galway called the ‘Pumped Flow Biofilm Reactor - PFBR’.
The PFBR is a new cost efficient system for treating wastewater on a municipal scale. The technology is ideal for small towns and villages with population equivalents of between 150 and 5000 and has many industrial applications. Partnered with NUI Galway, Offaly County Council and Enterprise Ireland, Molloy Precast has installed a 750 person equivalent PFBR system at Moneygall Village in County Offaly. This it is hoped will be the first of many that will be installed through rural Ireland.
Furthermore, in association with Trinity College Dublin and Enterprise Ireland, Molloy Precast will also be bringing to market in the coming months a percolation distribution device patented by Trinity College that has the potential to solve many of the common septic tank problems in the country. The formal signing of this most recent innovation was completed in the presence of Minister Hogan during his official visit.
Over the years the company has won several highly coveted awards most notable the ‘Environmental Responsibility Award 2011’ presented by the Midland Gateway Chamber of Commerce and ‘The Offaly County Enterprise Board Best Local Business 2007’ award programme where they were the overall winners.
These accolades combined with the company’s commitment to research and development and its collaboration with NUI Galway, Trinity College and Enterprise Ireland, ensures its retention of a solid client base even in today’s tough economic climate.
Commenting on the achievements and plans of Molloy Precast, Minister Hogan said “There really isn’t any percolation issues you can’t solve; there is a solution for everything.”
Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy praised the ‘enterprise and innovation’ of the Molloy family.
“With the huge emphasis on the treatment of waste water, and the need for Ireland to comply strictly with EU regulations in this regard, this is a very timely development and one which will serve at a template for the treatment of waste water in the future” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.
“This percolation demonstration plant proves that Irish business leaders can take their place among the best in the world when it comes to innovation and enterprise.”
Anyone looking for information about wastewater treatment or rainwater harvesting units should log onto www.molloyprecast.com