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New Technology Is First For Europe

Posted: Wednesday 2nd September 2009

When Yorkshire Water opened the doors of its Albert clean water treatment works near Halifax , visitors were in time to see the launch of a new system - the first of its kind to ever be used in Europe and the 2nd largest in the world - designed to further improve the quality of the region's clean water.

The new system, known as a Magnetic Ion Exchange (MIEX) was developed by Australian-based Orica Water Care and works in a similar way to a magnet. As raw water enters the treatment works, it's directed through a large tank which contains a liquid magnetic resin. All of the dissolved organic materials which create the colour in the water are attracted to the resin, cleansing the water of impurities before it moves on to the next stage of the treatment process.

Costing 7million, MIEX, which will supplement the existing processes and technology in place at Albert, is capable of treating 60,000,000 litres of raw water every day - the equivalent of 24 Olympic sized swimming pools full of water.

Yorkshire Water is also introducing MIEX systems into two more of its works at Ewden, near Sheffield and Graincliffe, near Bingley, with both systems expected to be up and running by March 2010.

Alan Bennett, solutions manager at Yorkshire Water comments: "Whilst a lot of water companies are very interested in MIEX technology, Yorkshire Water is the first company in Europe to introduce this ground-breaking technology, further highlighting our commitment to constantly looking for ways of improving our systems and improving the service we offer.

"Albert has always received pretty cloudy raw water as a result of much of it having travelled through moorland areas to arrive at reservoirs where it is sourced from.

"The introduction of MIEX technology at the treatment works marks an innovation milestone in the water industry and will support us in our ongoing mission to continue to provide customers with some of the best quality drinking water in the world."

Opened in 1988, Albert is one of the more than 700 water and sewage works that Yorkshire Water operates in the region, providing 60,000,000 litres of clean water to residents of Halifax, the Calder Valley and Hebden Bridge every day.

Over the next few months, the public will be able to book behind-the-scenes tours at a number of clean and waste water works to discover how clean Yorkshire water comes out of the their taps and what happens when their waste water is taken away.

Tours are filling up fast and customers wishing to book a place are advised to do so at the earliest opportunity in order to avoid disappointment by visiting or calling 0845 1 24 24 24.

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