Traveling Ireland - How A Pond Is Processing Gray Water for An Irish Factory - a Green Solution For The Environment
Posted Jun 21 2010 2:36pm
Vincent Cleary, Managing Director of Glenisk, with his daughter and scrappy little dog, Suzy, returning through the fields from touring the Glenisk reed beds in Killeigh, Ireland.
Reed bed filtration is becoming a popular wastewater management technique
worldwide, both for household use and for large factories and institutions. It
is a creative way to reuse gray
Glenisk's wind turbine, which is used to assist the reed bed process with water pumping.
water and conserves fresh water, reducing the
load on energy-consuming waste water disposal systems. When appropriately
managed, gray water reuse is incredibly save and practical with few
environmental and health risks.
Glenisk Organic Dairy in Killeigh, Ireland - a family run company - uses this special water
purification technique to filter the gray water which exits their organic dairy
daily. Visiting this Irish dairy and seeing the reed beds in person was a unique
green experience. Below is a video of Vincent Cleary, the Managing Director of
Glenisk, and his family, giving me a tour of the reed beds. Note his very
adorable little girl is speaking in German; her mother, Kerstin Cleary, is from
Germany. Even though she is only two years old, she knows how it all works -
Each of the individual ponds are filled with reeds. First the water goes
through a basic filter to remove large particles as it leaves the factory. As
the water traverses the ponds, each pond represents a next level of clean and
filtered water, with the plants being carefully chosen for the reed bed which
help to absorb nutrients and help in evapo-transpiration of the water. In the
First lake in a series of reed beds and lakes which process gray water for the Glenisk Organic Dairy in Killeigh, Ireland
water is clean and filters directly into the eco-system, allowing
reclamation of the water into the life cycle of the environment.
Having a reed bed can save on tons of resources which would normally be used
to process the gray water chemically and through machinery. Utilizing a reed bed
is an all natural way for factories to do this which saves both money and
energy. It is better for the environment as well. A reed bed can be applied to
an every day person's home gray water as well. If you would like to take the
next eco-step on your property, reed bed filtration is a fantastic idea and
definitely the right thing to do for the environment.
Glenisk has taken the further step of having the pumping station in the reed
beds powered with wind power - a wonderful testimony to the Cleary family's
passion for doing things good for the environment.
Thanks to my sponsor for this incredible speaking, blogging, and
eco-green adventure to Ireland - Glenisk Organic Dairy. They have been wonderful
to partner with and have some astoundingly healthy products, particularly for
children and babies.