UK Business Briefs: landfill, flow monitoring, and land stabilisation

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, a new use for flow monitoring equipment saves Thames water thousands of pounds; landfill tax credits fund research into bird control techniques at landfill sites; and a new scheme to prevent mines near the historic city of Bath collapsing, in order to protect 500 residents, an aquifer, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.


Manufacturer of measurement and control sensors, Solartron Mobrey, has stated that an innovative use of the company’s new differential level monitoring system has saved Thames Water thousands of pounds on a flow meter refurbishment project in North London. Ultrasonic level meters MSP900s and new dual input MCU902 controllers are being used to monitor mixed liquor flows to 16 final settlement tanks, allowing re-use of existing pipework.

Landfill tax credit company Biffaward is funding research into the effectiveness of different bird control techniques on landfill sites. The project is based at six landfill sites and has evaluated the use of falcons, hawks, distress calls, bird scaring rockets, helium filled kites and sound generators.

Environmental consultancy firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has announced that it has completed site investigations and option evaluations for a formal planning application for the stabilisation of abandoned stone mines under the village of Combe Down, southeast of Bath. The mines, which are in danger of collapse, cover an area greater than 18 hectares and have 500 people living directly above them. There are several Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the affected area, as well as a candidate Special Area Conservation site, and is located above an important aquifer with a public water abstraction point very nearby.

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