Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT June 2016

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4 | JUNE 2016 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk Industry news June Yorkshire Water is planning to attract businesses to base themselves near one of its largest wastewater treatment works in order to use the energy and resources it creates, it was revealed at WRc's Innovation Day last month. Jon Brigg, Yorkshire Water's Innovation Manager, told the event in Swindon that redundant land at Esholt Wastewater Treatment Plant, near Bradford, was set to be developed to create a "fully sustainable community hub". Energy, heat, nutrients and sub-potable water coming out of the plant could be supplied directly to the industries that site themselves in the hub, providing a cost- effective and sustainable solution for all parties. Potable water could also be supplied from local raw water sources to the hub. Industrial development would be the initial focus but once the infrastructure was in place then residential Yorkshire Water plans 'sustainable community hub' near Esholt WWTP Contract Tracker New Thames tech alliance Thames Water has announced its partners for a new alliance which will help deliver its technology services and projects. The Technology and Transformation Alliance has been set up to boost water and wastewater services for its 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. Accenture, Bilfinger, Deloitte and IBM have won places in the alliance, which is estimated to be worth £380M over AMP6. Barhale wins Birmingham project work Barhale has been awarded a key contract in Severn Trent's £300M Birmingham Resilience Project, the major project to upgrade water supplies to England's second city. Barhale have been awarded the "Raw Water" contract which includes the 25-kilometre long new pipeline and intake pumping station involved in the project, the largest in Severn Trent's AMP6 programme. Four win Yorks marine work Yorkshire Water has awarded a marine framework contract worth up to £100M over the next five years. The four framework partners, who will undertake all the company's marine civil engineering work, are ABCO Marine, Farrans Construction, Van Oord and Ward & Burke. building in the hub could be the next step, said Brigg. "The concept is for an integrated water, waste and resource recovery system, delivering products sustainably and resiliently," he said. "Local delivery is more sustainable and while our assets are centralised, it doesn't mean that we can't deliver more locally." He said that it was "madness" to send treated drinking water to be used as process water in industry, when local raw water was of sufficient quality and could be supplied at much cheaper cost. The project fitted with Yorkshire Water's innovation principles, promoting the circular economy, and dealing with multiple challenges in a single process of aggregation, said Brigg. He said it was part of the utility's new, more focused approach to innovation. "We used to do hundreds of individual innovation projects, which did just enough individually, but when put together, did not deliver transformational change," he said. "We've got to draw back from small-scale invention and concentrate on a few transformational projects." Brigg was speaking at the WRc Innovation Day alongside Ian McAuley, chief executive of Viridor, who spoke about the circular economy. He pointed out the synergies that could exist between wastewater treatment and energy from waste and how these were developing within the Pennon Group, which owns both Viridor and South West Water. However, he warned that austerity and public spending cuts were a threat to the developing circular economy, with recycling rates no longer improving. The event saw the WRc Innovation Award presented to Weeding Technologies for Foamstream, a non-toxic product to control weeds, moss and algae on filter beds. 25% Market share that will be enjoyed across England and Scotland by Water Plus, the new joint venture for non-household retail agreed by United Utilities and Severn Trent. The Competition and Markets Authority has now approved the 50-50 tie up. Northumbrian Water Project Manager Paul Davison (right) and Environment Agency Flooding and Coastal Risk Manager Phil Welton (le ) at the River Ouseburn which has been diverted as part of a major scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to more than one hundred properties in Brunton Park, Newcastle. Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency began the £7 million joint flood reduction scheme in October 2014.

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