Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT August 2017

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www.wwtonline.co.uk | WWT | AUGUST 2017 | 5 ARCHWAY UNDERGROUND Severn Trent workers received a unique glimpse of Victorian engineering when they drained down the two service reservoirs in the Belle Vue Service Reservoir Complex in Nottingham, as part of a proactive maintenance project. The service reservoirs, which date from the 1850s and 1860s, are normally full with 10.2 million litres of water. This eye-catching Anglian Water double-decker tour bus will be rolling into more than 20 town centres and events throughout the East of England this summer, as the utility seeks customer views to help shape its PR19 business plan. The bus, fitted out with a water bar and four interactive discovery zones, is part of Anglian's 'Big Conversation' initiative. QUOTE OF THE MONTH "The days of easy money in the water sector are over. PR19 will be a tough review for water companies." Richard Khaldi, water sector expert at PA Consulting and former Ofwat director Thames Water and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) have celebrated the completion of a £30M pipeline project which will reduce abstraction on the river. The new Axford pipeline, opened last month by Thames Water chief executive Steve Robertson, runs 17 kilometres from the company's Blunsdon reservoir north of Swindon, to Whitefield reservoir to the south-east of the town. This latest piece of infrastructure will mean less water being abstracted by the water company – protecting the River Og and the River Kennet downstream of Marlborough during periods of dry weather. 1 million The number of homes that can now be powered by anaerobic digestion in the UK, according to a report by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA). AD in the UK now has a capacity of 730 MWe-e, an increase of 18% on last year. £250M The loan facility secured by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water from the European Investment Bank to help finance its capital investment programme and plan further renewable energy generation at its sites. The company already generates 20% of its own energy needs through wind, hydro, solar and advanced AD; it aims to increase this to 30% by 2019. GOOD MONTH FOR… Recently retired Anglian Water security manager Lynda Chamberlain, who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list. Starting as a secretary before moving into business resilience and security, Chamberlain worked for Anglian Water for 41 years. Whilst working in business resilience she was the driving force behind ensuring the company's assets were protected from external threats. She was nominated by Defra for 'improving the security and resilience of the water sector' and will be invited to Buckingham Palace in the coming months to receive her MBE. BAD MONTH FOR… Severn Trent, which was cautioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) for supplying water that was 'unfit for human consumption'. The caution relates to an event in March 2016 when consumers in 3,700 properties were advised by Severn Trent not to use their water for 26 hours due to elevated levels of chlorine. This followed a leak from a sodium hypochlorite storage tank into Castle Donington Service Reservoir in Derbyshire. GETTING GOING NUMBERS NEXT STOP PR19

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