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Award winning Storm Upgrade from Haigh solves wipes problem

Posted: Wednesday 8th August 2012

Its an unfortunate sign of the times that the UK sewer network is becoming loaded with more and more undesirable items. Of particular note is the trend over the last 5 years for face wipes and baby wipes to be flushed into the system, and when combined with the more prevalent storm loadings that the system experiences after these settle out during dry spells, this puts high loadings onto affected treatment works.

Haigh's storm upgrade, a low cost innovative upgrade, provides a method of dealing with the impact of these peak loads without the need for otherwise increasing the capacity of a small works. Proven with over 100 implementations in the last 18 months across the UK, market response to the innovation has far exceeded expectations.

However, given that it meets the key criteria of the industry in the challenging environment there are signs that this is becoming a staple solution for this application.

Combined with concerted media efforts from water PLC's to educate customers about the impact of flushing wipes, this all helps reduce the amount of operator intervention particularly on smaller, more remote sites.

Haigh's David Freeman notes "This development was driven by the fact it was at the top of our clients maintenance needs and within our scope of expertise. We have undertaken a programme of planned and reactive implementations using the Storm kit with our key customers and are delighted to hear the many positive case studies and experiences that it has brought about”.

Luke Shepherd, Managing Director at Haigh comments "We have invested in a dedicated department and infrastructure to manage the increasing demand for the Storm Upgrade. In doing this we have been able to meet the delivery timescales that our customers need in a sustainable fashion. Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes but it is often the small changes that have the biggest impact from both a cost and environmental aspect."

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