Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT January 2019

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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www.wwtonline.co.uk | WWT | JANUARY 2019 | 5 FIRST LIGHT: United Utilities has awarded a long-term contract to Penrith- based Typhon Treatment Systems, whose new ultraviolet LED water treatment technology is one of the first systems in the world capable of using UV from LEDs to neutralise harmful microorganisms on an industrial scale. Tunnelling on the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel got underway in December as Millicent, a tunnel boring machine that was named a er the suffragist Millicent Fawcett, built the first ring at Kirtling Street in Battersea. QUOTE OF THE MONTH "This will guide planning decisions for water resources infrastructure of national significance, making sure we get the infrastructure we need, when we need it." Environment Minister Therese Coffey on the dra National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure Yorkshire Water is to invest £30 million in its wastewater treatment works in Saltend, Hull, to improve the site's operation. The work, which began in December and is due to be completed by late autumn 2020, will help the firm process more sludge and use it to generate energy. Existing anaerobic digestion (AD) at the site will be extended and upgraded. Yorkshire Water senior project manager Mike Smith said: "This investment shows our commitment to invest in renewable energy and benefit the environment as we look at ways of becoming more efficient and self-sufficient and help keep customers' bills low." 50% Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said he is concerned that three billion litres of water are lost to leakage per day and he is setting companies "a stretching new target to halve leakage by 2050" amid growing concerns over water resources. 47% The UK Climate Projections 2018 report, which uses the latest science from the Met Office and around the world, suggests summer temperatures could be up to 5.4C hotter by 2070 while average summer rainfall could decrease by up to 47 per cent over the same time period. GOOD MONTH FOR... Anglian Water, which was named the UK's best place to work ahead of the likes of Google (#13), IKEA (#16) and Apple (#43) in the annual table published by employer review website Glassdoor. "It's fantastic that Anglian Water has been awarded the top spot in this year's Glassdoor awards, a er coming second last year," Anglian CEO Peter Simpson said. "We work hard on encouraging employee wellbeing and creating a culture driven by happier, healthier and safer staff. Looking a er our employees is at the heart of delivering great customer service, alongside the enthusiasm and dedication our staff have for their jobs." BAD MONTH FOR Wessex Water, which offered to pay £975,000 to achieve equivalent environmental benefits following a series of sewage spills in Swanage Bay, Dorset. More than 142,000 cubic metres of sewage was discharged into the sea during illegal spills in 2016 and 2017. The windfall will be used to fund environmental improvements in and around the coastal town of Swanage. GETTING STARTED NUMBERS THE THAMES IS A-CHANGIN'

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