SMART Units fabricated off-site; installed and commissioned in 2 weeks
Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is delighted to announce that it has received the accolade of ‘Best Process Technology’ at this year’s prestigious Water and Energy Exchange (“WEX”) Global Innovation Awards. The ceremony, sponsored by Degremont, took place at the illustrious Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid during the 8th annual WEX conference, which brings together the world’s leading experts and authorities in the Water and Energy industries. (www.w-e-x.com)
The awards were open to organisations that have made a significant contribution to the water and wastewater sector during the previous 12 months. They were fiercely contested, with BwB competing in the process technology category against multi-billion pound nominees such as Sembcorp and Kemira.
Bluewater Bio has recently celebrated the successful commissioning and performance of its HYBrid ACtivated Sludge (“HYBACS”) upgrade at Tubli Water Pollution Control Centre in Bahrain, generating strong ministerial and media endorsement. Just last month, the company welcomed a delegation of 40 key industry personnel from leading water engineering companies around the globe, keen to witness the impressive performance of HYBACS first hand. BwB has now entered into an operation and maintenance contract at Tubli.
Daniel Ishag, Founder and CEO of Bluewater Bio International added: “Our 100 ML/d HYBACS plant at Tubli is the jewel in BwB’s crown, with test results consistently outperforming the client’s expectations. Gaining recognition from not only the client but also the highly respected and esteemed industry peers represented by the WEX awards, is a great honour and one of which the team at BwB should be immensely proud.”
Furthermore, the HYBACS upgrade at Tubli has also been shortlisted for wastewater project of the year in April’s Global Water Intelligence (“GWI”) awards, along with industry heavyweights such as Aqualia, CH2M Hill, Tedagua, Veolia and WTE. (www.globalwaterawards.com)
Daniel concludes: “We must not forget that, in industry terms, Bluewater Bio is still a relatively young company. To be credited so highly, under tough competition from the establishment, is testament to our entrepreneurial commitment, drive and determination. The results of our HYBACS process speak for themselves; we have a compelling technology, proven on a large scale, that I envisage becoming an industry standard over the near term.”
When flood warnings overlap drought orders you know you are living in interesting times. Some things at the start of May, such as fielders suffering from frostbite as the cricket season warms up are traditional, others, such as difficulties in obtaining asparagus are rather shocking.
Looking at the Environment Agency data for England at the start of May http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/ Research/ Weekly_WSR_WE_010512.pdf, water was gushing through the various river regions, as you would imagine. Indeed, there were 8 with normal flow, 2 with above normal, 8 notably high and 20 exceptionally high.
Of the 38 reservoirs and reservoir groups in England 14 were at normal levels, 13 were at higher than normal levels and 11 are below normal levels. The real problem is when we look at the aquifers. Data is provided for 25 major aquifers in England. One was exceptionally high, 6 normal, 8 below normal and 10 exceptionally low. Those aquifers are going to need a lot of steady rain to get back to normal and the reservoirs that matter and the ones that are continuing to feel the pinch.
By 19th June http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Leisure/ Current_Situation_21_June_2012_-_maps.pdf the number of people affected by hosepipe bans had eased from 20 million to perhaps eight million. After days wiped out at test and one day international matches, all rivers remained at normal or higher levels, http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Research/WE_190612.pdf all but five reservoirs were at normal or higher levels but three aquifers remain at exceptionally low levels.
Water transfers and more desalination have been mooted as an answer, http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/PDF/GEHO0811BTVR-E-E.pdf but the problem here is that rather like Premiership footballers, water transfers are not cheap and when faced with scarcity, the new assets do not always perform as intended. Indeed, the Environment Agency’s 2006 calculations http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Research/grid_1464452.pdf are sobering. Assuming a 7% return on regulated assets for calculating how much customers may pay, the Pennine transfer proposal would cost £630-1,050 million pa and evenly divided amongst the 20 million people originally affected by the hosepipe ban this is £72 to £121 extra for each household bill.
Is it time to take demand management seriously?
Now is the time to take demand management seriously. More value ought to be generated from less water consumed. In England and Wales, average domestic consumption is 150 litres per person each day and plans are to reduce this to 130 by 2030. Yet average individual use by customers at Veolia Water East https://east.veoliawater.co.uk/ is 125 litres per day and just 111 for their metered customers. Inevitably, VW East has 73% metering and despite being in the heart of the drought area it is not yet affected by the shortages. In 2009 VW East wanted 90% metering by 2015, but Ofwat disagreed and they are going for 78% by 2015 and 90% by 2030, unless matters change. Attitudes must change if water supplies are to be secured.
Smart thinking helps
What about the excess. Just as smart water techniques (smart metering http://www.gwfathom.com/ to drive domestic demand down, smart monitoring http://www.takadu.com/ to detect and minimise leakage and smart management http://www.i2owater.com/ to ensure networks are used efficiently) can deal with drought, there are smart ways of dealing with heavy rainfall. Suez Environnement has developed a suite of techniques to deal with heavy stormwater flows in the sewerage network http://www.emag.suez-environnement.com/en/stormwater-management-2413 as well as real time flood forecasting and mapping http://www.tractebel-engineering-gdfsuez.com/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/rivers/ to ensure people and agencies can respond to rising river levels in time. The beauty about real time monitoring and data availability is how it can prevent flood events. Pachube http://apps.pachube.com/ developed a software interface that allows New York’s storm sewerage system managers to warn customers when loading is getting too high, to that they can postpone switching on washing machines and so on until flow levels have abated.
The Water Bill’s postponement may be a blessing if it allows politicians some time to consider recent events and to provide Britain with a regulatory climate fit for our metrological climate.
At the Water UK conference last week http://www.water.org.uk/events/resilientwaterresources2012.php Defra Minister Richard Benyon said that metering needs to take into account its effect on poorer families. I find this a bit odd, since all gas and electricity accounts have always been metered in some way. Defra’s recent announcement paving the way for social tariffs for households that spend more than 5% of their income on water and sewerage services http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb13787-social-tariffs-guidance.pdf may be a huge breakthrough here.