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B & V Water develops revolutionary alternative water supply system

Posted: Wednesday 31st August 2011

One of the UKs largest water treatment companies has developed a revolutionary system which enables companies to tap into alternative water supplies while reducing their costs and their impact on their environment.

The system, created by multi million turnover and double award winning B & V Water Treatment, enables access to non potable water for industrial processes, thus conserving valuable drinking water supplies.

It also creates alternative water access opportunities for companies operating in drought affected countries, as canals, rivers and boreholes are not affected in the same way as the water sources for drinking water.

B & Vs first order has just been installed at a Midlands canal from which it extracts 400 tonnes of water a day to be used in a process for recycling nappies, thus freeing up the 400 tonnes of drinking quality water which would otherwise have been used.

Head of water treatment engineering at B & V, Kevin Byrne, explained: One of B&V's strengths is the research, development and engineering capability to enable companies to acquire alternative water supplies. We can provide the design and environmental modelling to abstract water from canals, rivers, boreholes and other sources to an Environment Agency approved standard.

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.

Additional environmental pluses include the reduced CO2 emissions achieved by building and testing the plant on site at B & V before transporting it to its final resting place. This plug and play approach means lorry movements and thus CO2 emissions are minimised. The systems are designed to ensure there is no harm to resident wildlife, and even the filters have environmentally friendly components as they are made from recycled glass.

Alternative water sources can also be used for non-consumptive, 'free cooling' purposes and B&V has just won the 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. B & Vs cost effective, low maintenance design fulfilled the Environment Agency s requirement for the filters to be small enough to ensure no wildlife is sucked into the system.

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