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Viltra designed and installed a wastewater solution with an effluent quality that surpasses the requirements set out by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for a meat processing facility in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Client Overview

Hewitt Meats was established in 1974 as a butcher's shop located on the Hewitt family farm. In 1985 the company acquired its EC licence and began processing beef and supplying customers throughout the UK. Hewitt Meats operate from modern state of the art premises situated in the countryside near Loughgall in County Armagh. The boning facility processes over 400 tonnes of beef per week to various customer specifications.


The existing sewage system, treating both the domestic waste from the offices and industrial waste involved in the meat processing, required an upgrade to exceed the effluent results required to meet Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) guidelines.

The surrounding land was predominantly clay with poor drainage qualities and therefore the use of a traditional percolation area with discharge to groundwater via subsurface was not a possibility. The only option was to discharge to a watercourse. An additional challenge was that the facility had two discharge points, one running through a yard adjacent to the building and the other approximately 500m away.

Our Solution

Viltra designed a bespoke system that coped with the dual discharge points. The aim was to produce a quality of effluent that could be discharged to a watercourse without breaching DAERA regulations. The quality of effluent produced by the system surpasses the requirements as set out by the DAERA.

The system Viltra designed, manufactured and installed was to exceed the strict effluent standard set by DAERA and was installed within three weeks causing minimum disruption to the day-to-day operations of the busy facility.

Viltra continues to monitor and maintain the system to ensure that these high standards are sustained to safeguard the operations of the business and the local environment.

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