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Marble Arch Caves - water management solution

Water Management project in the Marble Arch Caves Eco-Park Northern Ireland

World Heritage Site, The Marble Arch Caves, Co. Fermanagh.

A renowned UNESCO and Global Geo Park world heritage site (one of only two in Northern Ireland), the Marble Arch caves are one of Ireland’s most prolific tourist hotspots. Located in County Fermanagh at the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain, the site hosts an average of 300,000 visitors per year, with a busy peak summer season.
Originally, the Marble Arch Caves site used a sealed cesspool as their means of wastewater management. This cesspool required emptying up to two to three times per week during busy summer periods – an unsustainable and costly solution for a popular tourist spot with a thriving visitors centre and busy kitchen.
In late 1995, the Fermanagh & Omagh council owned site decided to change out their cesspool to a Kingspan Klargester BioDisc sewage treatment plant.
So impressed were the management of the site with the efficiency and continual high performance of the BioDisc, that 20 years later, due to increasing footfall to the centre, they decided to contact the Kingspan Klargester team to upgrade their treatment plant to a larger RBC (Rotating Biological Contactor) sewage treatment plant.
After being contacted by Ronan McSherry, (Marble Arch Caves and Visitor Centre General Manager) in relation to the upgrade, Kingspan Klargester’s local Specification Director David Best visited the Marble Arch Caves to carry out an in depth site assessment, to ensure the correct model was sized for the site.
Says Ronan McSherry of the process:

‘The support I received from David and the supporting Kingspan Klargester technical team from start to finish on the project was second to none. From our initial site inspection through to aftersales service, the team managed the project in a highly professional and efficient manner. We managed to deliver, install and commission the sewage treatment plant extremely quickly (less than three weeks after placing the order) before the beginning of our busy tourist period in March, which bears testament to the commitment and expertise shown by David and his team’.
Working in partnership with Omagh based building contractors, WA Alexander, the team worked quickly to manufacture, install and commission the sewage treatment plant in a short space of time, before the start of peak season, 17th March.  Within the intervening period, also due to increasing visitor numbers, the kitchen had expanded to accommodate the additional footfall.
To serve a bustling kitchen and cope with higher levels of fat, oil and grease from food, management needed a more robust and trusted grease management solution and they turned to the Kingspan Klargester team again.­The fully EN compliant grease separator was installed quickly and with minimum disruption to the kitchen – an important business consideration for the site.

Ronan commented:
‘We needed a trusted and reliable solution to manage our rising levels of Fat, Oil and Grease in a busy kitchen. We knew that Kingspan Klargester were the right team for the job. When I contacted them, they were able to advise on a fully compliant grease separator solution that would work within the existing set up of the kitchen, saving us money and minimising disruption to the kitchen due to reduced on site time. The grease separator and the large sewage treatment plant work together to ensure continued optimum performance – no hassle, extremely low running costs and local customer service’. 

Call our expert team on 048 3026 6799 
Email klargester-IE@kingspan.com 

Marble Arch Caves, Co. Fermanagh