Water-powered sprinklers have been installed in Dublin’s capital to tackle the sewage problem caused by untreated sewage that is causing problems for residents and businesses.
Dublin City Council has installed four water-powered devices that will allow for the installation of automatic sprinklers on streets, bridges, sewers and parks, a spokesman said.
The new water-based systems are part of a €20m investment to improve Dublin’s wastewater system.
The project comes after a recent study commissioned by the Irish Water company, which owns Dublin City Council, showed that Dublin had the second highest rate of sewage overflow in the country.
Water-powered sprayers will be installed on bridges and on pavements, with a separate system on city streets to control traffic and improve safety for pedestrians.
Dubai City Council commissioned the study and a feasibility study to understand the needs of the city.
The water-equipped sprayers, installed on a stretch of City Road near the St Patrick’s Cathedral, were tested and found to have a significant positive impact on the amount of bacteria and viruses that are living on the water, said the spokesman.
“This is a major success for the city,” he said.
Dubs sewage treatment plant also has a water-controlled system to control water flows and stop leaks.
It has had its sprinkler installed on the streets, but there is no specific date for the water-control system to be up and running, he added.