WPL Technical Director to lead British Water Forum

Andrew Baird appointed convenor of Packaged Treatment Plant Forum | Industry needs to improve training standards and clarify guidelines | Important for issues affecting packaged plants to be understood

Andrew Baird, technical director for wastewater treatment specialist WPL, has been appointed convener of the British Water Packaged Treatment Plant Forum. The Forum advises on standards and on regulation, and provides a way for the industry to lobby for unified standards and improved training.

Andrew Baird, who has 27 years experience in the water industry, is the regulatory expert for WPL, which specialises in custom-made packaged treatment plants.

Improving standards

He said: "I am very pleased to have been chosen to lead the Packaged Treatment Plant Forum over the next year. The industry is always looking to improve standards and training and this will be a chance to work towards creating better guidelines and standards for the manufacture and installation of packaged plants.”

"Over the next year British Water will be producing a new Flows & Loads guide – which is the industry bible for packaged plants. We will also be working on an approved code of practice for members.”

Andrew Baird has worked for WPL for eight years as business development manager and technical director. He previously worked in research and development for United Utilities and is an expert in membrane technology.

Baird began his career in steel as a fabrication engineer before moving into the water industry. He has extensive experience of business planning and strategy, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the installation and manufacture of packaged plants.

Regulatory influence

Chief Executive of British Water Ashley Roe said: "We are delighted to have someone with Andrew Baird’s experience to guide the Packaged Treatment Plant Forum through the next year. British Water technical groups bring together industry experts in order to set standards and improve guidelines and can have a strong role in advising both the UK and European governments about regulatory changes.

"As convenor of the group, Andrew will ensure that bodies and organisations within other sectors of the water industry are fully up-to-date with the current issues to do with design, installation, operation and maintenance of packaged treatment plants.”

The British Water Packaged Plant Forum focuses on plants serving less than 50 population equivalent, which have their own particular regulatory system under European Law.

WPL has more than 30 years experience of building packaged plants, which are manufactured at its plant in Waterlooville, Hampshire, and which can be installed even in remote and hard-to-access areas.

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