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Contractor case study: Pilot auger boring success

When specialist contractor Conwell Contracts was brought in to assist on a drainage scheme in Carlow, Ireland, it proved a memorable challenge.

Hi-tech help to drive the savings

Water companies are under pressure to perform more efficiently. Andrew Reeks explains how automation technology can optimise a company's performance

Industry looks East

The White Water Paper sets out plans to stimulate further investment in the UK water industry. British contractors should not be surprised to find themselves competing against Asian companies, says Dean Stiles

Windfall for contractors

Contractors look set to benefit from a multimillion windfall at Yorkshire Water, which plans to spend £400M between now and next April as it enters the second phase of its five-year £1.9B capital investment programme to improve its water and sewer network.

B&V system offers alternative supplies

A "revolutionary system" that enables companies to tap into alternative water supplies while reducing their costs and their impact on their environment has been developed by B & V Water Treatment. The system allows access to non-potable water for industrial processes, thus conserving valuable drinking water supplies.

Agbar 'advised' over Bristol Water sale

As WET NEWS went to press, momentum was building over a possible sale of Bristol Water by its Spanish owner, Agbar. It is understood that Agbar has been seeking advice from Citigroup and could realise nearly £400M from a sale.

Mott advises in Russia

Mott MacDonald has been selected by SUE Vodokanal St Petersburg as technical advisor for the first Russian public private partnership (PPP) water supply project, known as the Neva water project. The PPP includes the design and construction of a new Northern Water Treatment Plant including reconstruction of facilities at the existing plant.

Technological revolution ahead

With massive challenges ahead for the UK water industry, the need for innovation has come into focus. Dean Stiles reports.

Organic waste study wins Ofwat support

Industry regulator Ofwat is supporting a study by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into the market for treating organic waste, including anaerobic digestion.

Gurney buys Turriff

Infrastructure support services company May Gurney has bought Turriff Group for a cash consideration of up to £13.6M. Turriff, one of Scotland's largest utility infrastructure maintenance companies, brings with it a £90M order book.

Online auctions pay off

Wessex Water has turned to online auctions to tender work, and says it is identifying which frameworks will be tendered through this process. The company said it is already "making significant cost savings" by using an online auction to offer work to suppliers.

Clouds of uncertainty

What does the future hold for the troubled utility Northern Ireland Water after the catastrophic water shortages of last year? Dean Stiles reports.

Market-led reforms key

A new report says that greater competition is a must for the water industry.

Tunnelling triumph Down Under for McConnell Dowell

Pringle Hill Pipejack believed to be the longest ever completed in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gas success in the city

Replacing gas mains in a pedestrianised area of Glasgow city centre was never going to be an easy task. But the dead/live insertion method proved the answer.

STRADA proves its worth

Without expensive upgrades, many existing SCADA systems cannot supply the level of data required to understand asset performance. Now, Stirling Technical Engineering has developed a solution to the problem.

Lamellas make it easy

The Cumwhinton water treatment plant is benefiting from the use of lamellas manufactured by Nordic Water in Sweden that are simpler to operate and maintain.

Rotamix brings benefits to anaerobic digestion process

When Rotamix tank mixing systems were retrofitted on two digesters at a waste to energy plant gas production rocketed.

Gambling on the future of the market?

As government spending cuts bite, mergers, takeovers and joint working will become the hallmark of contracting. Dean Stiles considers the impact on the construction industry.

No waste, no panic

No-dig solutions are becoming increasingly popular, but they can run into difficulty. Now, with the development of a new range of epoxy resins, operators have greater choice – and control – over the lining process.

A greener kind of California dreaming

A state-of-the-art water recycling facility in Santa Paula is setting the industry bar in how to reduce energy costs and cut the environmental footprint.

Piping up for approval

Not adhering to industry approvals and guidelines is a big mistake – and could be very costly. James Roper explains why.

Monitoring the chemicals

How effective are current treatment processes in dealing with the removal of some priority substances? The Chemical Investigations Programme aims to find out.

How MIP technology makes pumping so much easier

The development of the maintain in place pump design revolutionises the maintenance requirements of PC pumps – and reduces the burden of maintenance on wastewater treatment works and other facilities, says Simon Lambert.

Icy solution to a sticky problem

When Anglian Water needed a solution to tackle a water discolouration problem it decided to try an alternative cleaning method which promised to keep disruption to customers to the absolute minimum.

Innovation required

With capital flood defence spending being cut by the Government, the emphasis should now be on upstream prevention projects, argues Alex Stephenson.

A trenchless triumph in Lancashire

When a new drainage pipe needed to be installed as part of a flood alleviation scheme in Blackburn, a trenchless installation technique proved ideal for the challenge.

Why radar makes a lot of sense for sewage treatment

The water utilities have little experience of radar measurement technology, due partly to the cost of radar instruments. But that could be about to change.

Why Budget changes bode well for water infrastructure

The construction industry won’t see an immediate boost from last month’s Budget. But new planning measures should make a difference, says Dean Stiles.

Increasing knowledge about taps and samples

Work carried out by a research engineer at the Stream Industrial Doctorate Centre will improve understanding of sporadic bacteriological non-compliance – and help Severn Trent Water to improve its compliance further.

Greener rocks

It is one of the nation’s most celebrated musical events. Now the Glastonbury Festival is also one of the greenest too.

Reeding towards a sustainable future

Reed bed technology is set to play an integral part in helping water companies comply with the WFD regulations and help them meet AMP5 targets. And in Wales, Forced Bed Aeration is already making a difference.

A dazzling night of triumph

The Water Industry Achievement Awards took place on 29 March. WET News reports on the night’s successes.

Plugging leaks north of the border

A smartly designed and environmentally friendly new metering gadget is winning plaudits in Scotland. Scottish Water has already had success in plugging leaks with the Incertameter – and is planning further installations.

Three-stage system scrubs the nasty smells away

When Wessex Water wanted to expand the sludge treatment plant at Avonmouth WwTW, it needed improved odour control measures. A wet scrubber package provided by Parsons Engineering proved to be the perfect solution.

Cleaner, greener Scotland

ERG and Scottish Water have finished work on a major odour treatment facility in Dumfries and Galloway.

Terminodour: it’s low on energy, high on efficiency

Odour control could hardly be described as environmentally friendly. But, as Colin Froud explains, CSO Technik’s unique Terminodour system is benefiting water companies by reducing power consumption and overall carbon footprint.

Why AM’s a star of CCTV

When Manchester-based General Utilities Northwest wanted a new CCTV survey kit to meet future demands, they turned to AM Industrial (UK). It proved a low cost and environmentally friendly decision.

Sealing sock makes the right connections

Two industry giants have joined forces to bring a new lateral connection sealing system to the global market. And the signs are very positive that Interflow’s Interfit, with Fluvius’s help, will make a difference all around the world.

Ofwat assesses its regulatory role for the future

Ofwat is proposing a fundamental review of how it regulates the water industry in England and Wales – with the informal period of consultation closing next month. Dean Stiles investigates what this could mean for the sector.

Meeting the operational challenges ahead

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions is the main contractor for Southern Water’s Universal Metering Programme, which is currently under way in the South-east of England. Colin Kelly, the company’s director of gas and water, talks through the day-to-day operational challenges of the project – and how these will impact upon future work.

Pointing the way ahead in Portugal

Lisbon-based EPAL has been involved in a year-long collaborative study with Intellitect Water to monitor water quality in the city’s extensive distribution network. Andrew Donnelly, senior network manager at EPAL, reports on the project’s success.

Wastewater sensor goes non-contact

WRc has developed an instrument to measure organic load by optical non-contact methods, says senior consultant Steve Russell

Rising to the challenge at Heathrow

When specialist repairs were needed on BAA’s water tanks, CRL was quick to react – and by pulling out the stops the work was completed in just six weeks.

Pharoah away from home

Silotank has recently delivered a range of tanks to a factory in Egypt – and continues to build on its export success

St Germans pumping station keeps fens flood-free

The 100m3/s capacity pumping station at Wiggenhall St Germans in Norfolk has now been formally opened by Lord James Russell, marking the culmination of this huge construction and flood defence project. Atkins’ John Sheppard explains.

Defra responds to consultation on transfer

Regulations that will transfer private drains and sewers to water and sewerage companies have been laid before Parliament. But the water industry awaits important details in guidance. Marie-Claire Kidd reports.

WPL adds to range – and gains LABC nod

Can large-scale water recycling work in England?

Large-scale water recycling technology could provide a solution where there are water constraints in areas of new urban development. However, the English water industry would need to adopt a more flexible approach to its structure and standards first, says Bob Sargent.

How precast CSOs save time and cut labour costs

Kijlstra has pioneered the use of precast CSOs in the Dutch water industry – and is now promoting the use of precast in the UK.

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