Barleyhill Quarry is located within the River Lagan Catchment (Hydrometric Area 06). The closest surface water features located to the north and east of the quarry include the River Lagan (1.5km to the N and NE) and Ballyhoe Lough (pNHA) (1km E).
Infrastructure associated with the active limestone quarry comprises landscaped earthen berms surrounding most of the active quarrying area, offices and associated canteen facilities, settlement lagoons, wheelwash and a weighbridge.
There are no water discharges from the quarry. Surface water management features within Barleyhill Quarry comprise of a water collection sump near the concrete batching plant and a settlement lagoon system near the southern entrance of the quarry.
The settlement ponds collect runoff from the quarry hardstand areas, and from the wheelwash and following settlement this water is directed to a sump near the entrance and recirculated for use in the wheelwash. An overhead spray is incorporated into the wheelwash. In this way, water is recycled within a closed system and there is no potential impact on the nearby River Lagan or Ballyhoe Lough as a result of water discharge from the quarry or suspended solids from vehicles exiting the site.
To support this sustainable water management system and protection of the local and regional environment, Roadstone Ltd. provides ongoing environmental monitoring results to Meath County Council as per the planning conditions imposed on the continued operation of Barleyhill Quarry.
Roadstone Ltd. also minimise production of waste and where appropriate consider its beneficial use, including recycling. All waste is dealt with in accordance with the relevant legislation and other controls in place. Good practice is achieved when recycling used oils and greases, batteries, tyres, scrap metal and timber.