Education posts regarding the water industry.

May 18, 2023

Removal of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals from Wastewater

Introduction The presence of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and emerging contaminants (ECs) in our environment is a growing concern. We have previously discussed the removal of APIs from water in our blog post titled “Removal of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients/Emerging Contaminants in the Environment“. However, it is important to understand that ...
April 12, 2023

Water Safety Plan for Wastewater

Water Safety Plans are essential for ensuring access to clean water, not only for drinking but also for managing wastewater. Wastewater can pose a significant threat to public health and the environment if not treated and disposed of properly. Therefore, it is vital to implement Water Safety Plans in wastewater ...
March 1, 2023

Water Safety Plan for Ingredient Water

What is a Water Safety Plan ? A Water Safety Plan (WSP) is a document that outlines the steps a facility or organisation SHOULD take to ensure the optimal operation of its water supply or wastewater infrastructure. It is a proactive approach to identify and control potential hazards and risks ...
January 25, 2023

Smart Septicity Monitoring for Sewer Networks

Guest author: Chris McTear Director of Technical Services at ATi UK Wastewater process control is increasingly complex as regulations become more stringent. The monitoring of wastewater quality plays a crucial part in identifying existing or emerging problems within sewer networks and new technological advances are transforming the future of wastewater ...
Water Purification
January 19, 2023

Removal of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients/Emerging Contaminants in the Environment

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment By Gabriela Porto Da Cruz – Coftec Pharmaceuticals in the environment (PiE) are an increasing concern as they are found in water used for irrigation and drinking, which leads to environmental and health risks such as the surge of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms (AMR) due to antibiotic APIs, ...
December 12, 2022

What is a Water Safety Plan?

Author: Oisin Egan – Coftec Engineer Water is an essential resource for many industries and a vital component in many processes. A Water Safety Plan is an important tool for managing and protecting the water supply used in industrial processes. This plan can help prevent contamination or other threats to ...
November 8, 2022

Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) in Wastewater Treatment

By Aoife Phillips & Maricel Pastor-Soltes – Coffey The Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) is another wastewater treatment technology. The major benefit of the MBBR process is a reduced footprint – an important major advantage when faced with space constraints. The Sequencing Batch Reactor process was discussed in a previous ...
September 1, 2022

What are Causes of a Manganese Spike in Drinking Water?

Author: Danny Flynn – Senior Process Engineer – Coftec We have discussed Manganese in surface water sources and the potential issues when stratification in the water source occurs.  The level of dissolved Manganese in surface water i.e., with a reservoir can increase dramatically or ‘spike’ under certain conditions. Our previous ...
August 12, 2022

Manganese in Surface Water Sources

Manganese is one of the most abundant metals on the earth’s surface and various forms of it can be found in air, in soil, and in water. It doesn’t occur naturally in a pure state; oxides, carbonates and silicates are the most important manganese-containing minerals. When Manganese forms compounds in ...
July 5, 2022

Removal of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients via Nyex Rosalox™

Removal of API’s, EC’s & EDC’s via Nyex Rosalox™ Technology We recently discussed the removal of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s) and emerging contaminants (EC’s) in the environment – see Removal of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients from Water . Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) is another category of compounds whose presence in the ...
February 8, 2022

Wastewater Treatment Technologies – Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR)

There are a number of wastewater treatment technologies available including physicochemical, biological and advanced oxidation processes. We’re going to discuss a number of the options available over the coming weeks starting with a brief overview of the Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) process. Wastewater Treatment Technologies – Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) ...
February 3, 2022

Water Quality Monitoring Solutions for Industrial Wastewater

Coftec are leaders in the supply water quality monitoring solutions for industrial wastewater. Process water quality is often extreme in its composition, for example high in acids, solids and other parameters or radically changing temperature. Coftec designs, builds and if required, operate solutions for the managing industrial wastewater streams.  We ...
February 1, 2022

Advantages of Design for Manufacture and Assembly for Modular Water Treatment Plants

Design for Manufacture and Assembly for Modular Water Treatment Plants by Oisin Egan – Coftec Coftec is a leading manufacturer of modular water treatment plants for emergency, temporary and permanent use. Our products are Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) – some of the advantages of DfMA include faster time ...
January 25, 2022

Manganese Removal by Ozone & Biological Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Treatment

By Danny Flynn – Coftec Manganese is naturally occurring element, which is commonly found in lake, river and groundwater sources. We have previously discussed issues with elevated levels of manganese in water namely operational difficulties with meeting standards outlined in S.I. No. 122 of 2014 EU Drinking Water Regulations 2014. ...
January 11, 2022

Why Use UV Disinfection Technology

By Mahsa Foolad – Coftec The question of why use UV disinfection technology for water treatment is commonly asked and this post will attempt to provide some answers to that question. Ultraviolet (UV) light is a component of sunlight and constitiutes approximately 10% of the total light generated by the ...
December 16, 2021

The Lean Construction Ireland (LCi)

The Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) Annual Book of Cases 2021 is being launched online today. To view and download a digital copy of the Book, as well as to view other LCi resources and information, please visit The LCi Annual Book of Cases is a hugely valuable resource and ...
December 16, 2021

#COP26 – Implications for Water Services Industry

Following on from a divisive couple of weeks in Glasgow at the recent #COP26 event, many industries are now wrestling with the prospect of having to develop and implement policies and solutions to meet the agreed objectives. The water industry, drawing from its multidisciplinary pool of scientists, engineers, technicians, and others, is ...


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