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For 2nd year running, Bluewater Bio listed as one of the UKs fastest growing private technology companies

Bluewater Bio is the fastest growing water technology company in the UK for the second year in a row.

This is according to Deloitte Technology Fast 50 rankings for 2021 (

Even compared to all UK technology companies, in all markets such as cloud, data, analytics etc., Bluewater Bio is still ranked in the top 50. This is remarkable considering they design and install technical machinery in the global wastewater market, which is significantly more challenging.

Headquartered in London but with a global footprint, Bluewater Bio achieved a 728% revenue growth over the past 4 years, with equally impressive EBITDA year on year improvements.

“It is not on our “To Do List” to continue to outperform the market. It is however, to provide the best possible solution and service to our clients. Therefore, this award is a consequence of Bluewater Bio doing so well delivering this objective. It demonstrates the continual and exceptional performance over the last 4 years. I am delighted that we have been highlighted again and I give credit to all our staff and suppliers who dedicate so much to ensure our technology is the preferred option. With water now firmly in the international spotlight, especially in terms of water poverty and water scarcity brought about by climate change, our work in parts of the world that suffer acutely from these issues has never been more important. Despite the challenges brought about by Covid-19 over the past 2 years, we have continued to thrive.”
Richard Haddon
Executive Chairman, and CEO

Come and see us at WETEX & Dubai Solar Show

WETEX and Dubai Solar Show organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), are in line with Dubai’s vision to build a sustainable future for the Emirate and is held annually under the directive of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

Come and visit us at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (EXPO 2020 Dubai) to learn more about our award-winning advanced technologies and how they are helping solve some of the most pressing issues around water scarcity in the region.

Schedule a 1-2-1 meeting with our sales team or visit our stand (SH55)

We hope to see you in Dubai!

Come and see us at the European Wastewater Management Conference & Exhibition

The European Wastewater Management Conference & Exhibition provides an essential annual update on the latest innovations, best practice,cutting-edge technology and research in the wastewater sector.

Join us live at The Hilton NEC in Birmingham or virtually through the online event platform, where you can learn about our best-in-class technologies and how they are enabling UK Water Companies to meet the most stringent discharge consents.

Schedule a 1-2-1 meeting with our UK Sales Manager, Andrew Bibby

We hope to see you in Birmingham!

Bahrain Minister of Works welcomes UK Trade Minister to Tubli WPCC

Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Eng. Essam Abdallah Khalaf received the UK International Trade Minister, Ranil Jayawardena and his accompanying delegation, with the attendance of MOW Undersecretary Mr. Ahmed Al Khayyat and Assistant Undersecretary for Sanitary Affairs, Eng. Ebrahim AL Hawaj. 

From L to R: Ebrahim Hawaj, Assistant Undersecretary MoW; H.E. Ahmed Al Khayat, Undersecretary, MoW; R.H. Ranil Jayawardena, UK Minister of International Trade; H.E. Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf, Minister of Works, Bahrain and H.E. Roderick Drummond, British Ambassador to Bahrain

At the start of the meeting, His Excellency highlighted the heightened progress and development of the relationship between the two countries. After which the Ministers reviewed the cooperation between the two friendly countries and discussed means of progressing the relationship and in particular, in the infrastructure sector where the Ministry of Works is currently pursuing several projects for execution. Also discussed was the possibility of benefitting from the UK expertise in participating in the execution of some of the upcoming projects in this sector, where UK companies are highly regarded.

During the visit, the International Trade Minister reviewed progress of the Upgrade of Secondary Treatment Project at Tubli WPCC using the HYBACS Technology. This project is considered among the most important projects for improving the infrastructure and sanitary treatment system in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The project aims to improve the secondary effluent treatment efficiency resulting in the increase of TSE production at Tubli WPCC so that it can be used for irrigation of farms and landscaping.

The project is being executed by Bluewater Bio, which is both one of the UK and internationally leading companies in the sanitary engineering sector.

The UK International Trade Minister praised the Ministry of Works Initiatives and complimented the efforts being taken by the Ministry to grow and expand the infrastructure of the Kingdom of Bahrain, he wished the Kingdom and its people continuous growth and development.  

BwB celebrates major H&S milestone at their ground-breaking upgrade project at Tubli WPCC

As our landmark upgrade project at Tubli wastewater treatment works continues at pace – through the installation of our award-winning HYBACS technology –  an important milestone has been reached with more than 500,000 hours worked on-site without a lost-time accident.

The project – due to be completed in Summer 2021 – employs 220 people, all of whom are working to the highest standards in health & safety. The project’s safety team have developed an excellent safety culture throughout the workforce. The project team were also quick to respond to the spread of COVID-19 and implemented measures to protect workers on site. This has been very successful and there has been no interruption to the progress of the project.

Once completed, the HYBACS upgrade at Tubli will deliver 230,000 m3 per day of treated wastewater that can be recycled for use in irrigation around the Kingdom. The project will also improve the water quality in Tubli Bay, an important ecological area for birds and marine life.

To learn more about the project and keep up to date with developments Click Here

Work on Tubli sewage plant upgrade on track (Gulf Daily News Online)

The work on the second phase of the project to improve the efficiency of the biological processing of sewage at the Tubli Centre using the high-tech HYBACS system is on track for completion within the second quarter of this year, said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf, during a visit to the Tubli treatment works.

The minister praised the team’s efforts and commitment to safety standards, with more than 200,000 working hours without injuries so far.


(To read the full article originally published in GDN Online, March 2021, click here)

Bluewater Bio – A Decade in Bahrain (Utilities Middle East)

Bluewater Bio will soon be celebrating their first decade based in Bahrain. Already recognised as being the fastest growing UK water technology company this year, they have their largest installation at Tubli Wastewater Treatment Works.

Utilising Bluewater Bio’s state of the art technology known as HYBACS, it has been pivotal in raising the environmental condition of Tubli Bay, which is an internationally important habitat for wading birds.

The Executive Chairman and Chief Executive, Richard Haddon said, “We see Bahrain as our second home, and it is our ambition to create a long-term base here serving the Middle East and beyond. We are most grateful for the support we have had from the Bahraini institutions and its friendly people. This of course will improve the local economy and create jobs as well.”

In November 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited Bahrain and spent some time learning about what the HYBACS technology had achieved and the magnificent improvements being made to the bay area. Being a strong supporter and leader with environmental improvements, he made this an essential visit in his busy agenda.

HYBACS – A novel solution for a common problem

Throughout the Middle East region, rapid population growth has resulted in many wastewater treatment facilities becoming overloaded and failing to meet environmental discharge standards. Conventional solutions, such as the construction of additional aeration lanes is expensive and requires large areas of land. These were the main challenges facing Bahrain’s Ministry of Works in the upgrade at Tubli.

In 2011, Bluewater Bio was awarded a contract to upgrade the treatment works using their hybrid activated sludge (HYBACS) process. Part of the existing activated sludge plant was upgraded from a capacity of 40 million litres per day (MLD) to over 100 MLD, thereby reducing the overloading and improving the quality of treated wastewater.

Completed in 2013, the landmark award-winning project has operated successfully for 7 years, producing a high-quality source of treated sewage effluent (TSE) for reuse. Indeed, the wastewater treatment works is now known as a Reclaimed Water Production Centre.

Through Bluewater Bio’s long-term commitment to supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain in meeting their environmental goals for Tubli Bay and the success of the original project, Bluewater Bio was awarded, in 2019, a subsequent contract to upgrade more of the treatment plant to HYBACS.

The second phase of HYBACS upgrade will see a further increase of 120 MLD in capacity. The project is now under construction to be completed in 2021.


The HYBACS process uses a unique biological pre-treatment reactor to accelerate the hydrolysis step within wastewater treatment. This enables an existing activated sludge plant to treat typically double the flow and load.

The patented process has been applied successfully around the world and has proven to be robust and highly cost effective.  Capital cost savings of over 50% have been achieved and a HYBACS plant typically uses up to 30% less power than alternatives.

Environmental Objectives

Whether designing a brownfield expansion or a greenfield facility, Bluewater Bio works with Clients to develop sustainable solutions with a particular emphasis on reducing CAPEX and OPEX, footprint and energy consumption.

Bluewater Bio’s depth of experience comes from more than 40 HYBACS references across the globe. Proven at scale and consistently performing to the highest international standards, HYBACS is rapidly gaining recognition as an ideal solution for upgrading and expanding wastewater treatment plants in the MENA region.

(Article originally published in Utilities Middle East, November 2020)

FilterClear goes from strength to strength with 12 projects awarded to date in 2020

Under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) Phosphorus discharge requirements are becoming increasingly stringent in AMP7, with consents down to 0.2 mg/L in some cases.

With FilterClear being one of the very few reliable technologies globally to deliver this, clients are now realising the benefits and installing our technology on their plants. So far this year 12 installations have been ordered, the latest being Southern Water at Newick STW.

FilterClear is a high-rate multimedia filtration technology, capable of treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s. Since successfully demonstrating that the technology can achieve total phosphorus concentrations of less than 0.1 mg/l in the national CIP2 trials, FilterClear has been successfully implemented at multiple sites across the UK. In most cases the consent limit is not as stringent as 0.1 mg/L, but water companies recognise the benefits of planning ahead for future tightening of phosphorus consents.

Bluewater Bio Listed as one the the UKs fastest growing private technology companies

Bluewater Bio is listed as the 35th fastest growing technology company in the UK as shown in the Sunday Times Sage Tech Track 100 league table. No other water company is listed in the top 100.

The Sunday Times Sage Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private technology, media and telecoms (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over the latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each September.

Headquartered in London but with a global footprint, BwB experienced 164% year-on-year growth in 2019 and current performance indicates a further 300% growth this year, which is not included as yet in the Sunday Times data.

"The Sunday Times table illustrates the improving performance of the business, which has experienced continued improvements over the last 5 years. Next year will be yet another record year. I have to say, this has not been an easy journey and like any company we have faced significant challenges as well as that of COVID-19. Despite this, we have continued to thrive. We have created aspects about our business that has amassed the exponential improvements, namely excellent technologies, the highest of calibre people who are focussed and dedicated to our clients. Being the only water company in the top 100, shows how challenging our market environment is and being able to outperform, year on year is an outstanding success story.”
Richard Haddon
Executive Chairman, and CEO

CiM6 and Bluewater Bio successfully install FilterClear® at Severn Trent sites

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that its high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, has been successfully installed at Severn Trent’s Newent and Ledbury WWTWs to satisfy new phosphorus discharge consents that came into force on 31st March. Both projects were delivered by Severn Trent’s nominated Tier 1 capital delivery partner, CiM6 (a partnership between Costain and Stantec). In both cases BwB provided a fully automated Tertiary Solids Removal (TSR) plant.

Fully automated 4v2800 FilterClear plant installed at Ledbury WWTW

Ledbury WwTW is a medium sized activated sludge works serving the market town of Ledbury, Herefordshire. The works consists of two crude oxidation ditches operating in enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) mode. To further polish the EBPR effluent, ferric sulphate dosing was added upstream of Bluewater Bio’s FilterClear model 4v2800 tertiary solids removal plant. The system is capable of treating up to 132 L/s of flow and is comfortably achieving the performance guarantee of less than 0.24 mg/L phosphorus.

Newent WWTW is a medium sized trickling filter works with a population equivalent (P.E.) of 17,500. Ferric sulphate dosing was added at the primary settlement stage and into the feed to a new FilterClear 4v2340 tertiary solids removal plant to achieve a new phosphorus limit of less than 0.64 mg/L. Now completed, the FilterClear tertiary solids removal plant is treating up to 78 L/s, with the treated flow discharging into a nearby tributary of the River Severn.

Richard Price, Framework Operations Director at Costain, commented: “Both projects successfully achieved the new regulatory permit on 31st March 2020 and have been operating below permit levels since that date. We have been impressed with the hard work, flexibility and commitment of the team at Bluewater Bio and look forward to working with BwB in the future in delivering more FilterClear schemes for Severn Trent.”

FilterClear is a high-rate multimedia filtration technology, capable of treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s. Since successfully demonstrating that the technology can achieve total phosphorus concentrations of less than 0.1 mg/l in the national CIP2 trials, FilterClear has been successfully implemented at multiple sites for Severn Trent and other water companies. In most cases the consent limit is not as stringent as 0.1 mg/L, but water companies recognise the benefits of planning ahead for future tightening of phosphorus consents.

Andrew Bibby, Business Development Manager at Bluewater Bio, concluded: “At Bluewater Bio we pride ourselves on delivering quality equipment that does what it says on the tin, and backing that up with great customer service. We are delighted to have supported CiM6 to deliver these schemes on time and appreciate Richard’s positive feedback. We are looking forward to delivering many more schemes for Severn Trent with Costain in AMP7.”

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