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Industry-first adaptation promises revolutionary water filtration media cleaning

Posted: Monday 14th September 2020

A water filtration media specialist has developed an industry-first piece of machinery which will remove up to 70 per cent more contaminant and recycle 98 per cent of waste product.

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE WasteSURE, based in Bury, Greater Manchester, has partnered with manufacturers of the Portafill 3000ST to adapt the original machinery and create a bespoke application which delivers an enhanced cleaning of the materials found in water filtration systems, such as blast furnace slag and pumice, as well as the soil and gravel typically found in reed beds.

Rather than incur the need to remove and replace these materials, water filtration providers can instead use the adapted machinery to have their raw materials cleaned on site, with its bespoke specification working to remove up to 70 per cent more contaminate than other solutions.

As well as enabling up to 98 per cent of filtration product to be reused immediately, WasteSURE’s equipment has been designed to eliminate the carbon-heavy transportation associated with replacing filtration materials. It estimates that for clients with a 4000-tonne filter, up to 500 movements will be prevented, creating savings of around £380,000 per project.

Following extensive trials of the equipment, WasteSURE’s innovation is now on-site and operational for a leading water and utilities provider in the Midlands. Additionally, it is in talks with manufacturers to standardise production of the adapted equipment, so more can be developed in the future.

Mark Dunne, co-founder and MD of WasteSURE, said: “We’ve been a preferred choice in the removal and supply of new material for water filtration systems for some time; it’s the backbone of our business. But it was costing our clients hundreds of thousands of pounds. We knew there had to be a more cost-efficient solution which would also reduce the carbon emissions inflicted on the environment from this process. It turned out that there wasn’t an alternative, so we set about creating our own.

“We’ve spent many months understanding exactly how the Portafill 3000ST could be adapted, closely analysing and weighing filter content, working out how to better clean the silt, and taking core samples from live reed beds and ensuring they are representative of what the experts in water filtration work with every single day. What we discovered was, what was once a liability for these clients could become pockets of gold on their site.

“We could’ve quite easily sat in the background and allowed the industry to continue as it was but unless businesses like ours start creating alternative solutions to solve the massive waste and carbon problems we have, nothing will change. It’s meant dramatically lowering our own revenues on transportation and disposal, but ultimately, we’ve produced a truly sustainable solution that offers our customers more value for money. And it will shape the industry for the better – we’re proud to be the business that’s enabled that.”

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