The system enables companies to access non potable water for industrial processes, conserving drinking water supplies.

It also creates alternative water access for companies operating in drought affected countries by providing designing and environmental modelling to abstract water from canals, rivers and boreholes.

The company has had its first system installed at a Midland canal. 400 tonnes of water will be extracted from the canal to be used in a process for recycling nappies. This frees up 400 tonnes of quality drinking water, which would otherwise have been used.

The building and testing of the plant is done on site at B& V before being transported, to reduce CO2 emissions from lorry movements to and from the final site.

B&V has also won a contract to design and build an intake filtration and pumping plant for the cooling of a newly constructed library complex using water from the River Severn.

More than 100 tonnes per hour of cold water will be pumped from the Severn and fed to the chiller plant for the air-conditioning of the complex. The filters have been designed to be small enough to ensure no wildlife is sucked into the system.

B & V head of water treatment engineering, Kevin Byrne, said: “One of B&V’s strengths is the research, development and engineering capability to enable companies to acquire alternative water supplies.

“We have the expertise and experience to engineer the abstraction of the water with zero damage or impact on the natural inhabitants of the water source. The ROI, carbon savings and environmental benefits can be achieved for low and high water users.”

Alison Brown

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