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Bluewater Bio awarded Phosphorus Removal Contract by Severn Trent Water

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that  Severn Trent Water (“Severn Trent”), through its key capital delivery partner Mott MacDonald Bentley (“MMB”), has selected the Company’s high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, for the provision of a tertiary solids removal plant at Codsall STW, Staffordshire. BwB are providing a fully automated 4v2040 tertiary solids removal plant capable of treating up to 100 L/s of flow, to enable the site to meet the new consent of 0.5 mg/l for phosphorus, under the Water Framework Directive.


After an extensive evaluation of competing technologies, it was concluded that FilterClear offered the lowest TOTEX solution. By using FilterClear MMB were able to realise significant cost savings as a result of utilising the vessel headspace for flocculation, thereby eliminating the need to provide additional upstream flocculation with mechanical mixing. Additionally, the relatively low head loss offered operational cost savings against higher head systems. The low operator intervention needs of a sealed filtration system further augmented the solution’s attractiveness for the Severn Trent Operations team.

FilterClear is both a modular and scalable process, treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with both Severn Trent and MMB on this P removal scheme. This award allows us to showcase FilterClear as an ideal option for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents. We are seeing increasingly stringent discharge consents coming into force across the UK in AMP 6, with many water companies needing to implement enhanced P removal across numerous sites. Its modularity and excellent DfMA credentials make it an attractive solution to both tier one and end users. We believe FilterClear is well placed to capture a significant proportion of these schemes.”

The contract with Severn Trent marks the Company’s second P removal scheme in the past 12 months, with FilterClear currently being assessed by Yorkshire Water, as part of the National Chemical Investigation Programme (CIP), at Bolsover STW.

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Prince Charles has strengthened our links in the Gulf at a vital time (Evening Standard)

(original article by Robert Jobson, Evening Standard, 11 November 2016)

Prince Charles’s state visit to the Gulf has left many influential figures, both in the region and at home, feeling better about Britain and its place in the world.

This is the Prince’s fourth visit to the region in four years, at the request of the British government, “promoting the UK’s partnership in the region in key areas such as religious tolerance, military cooperation, supporting women in leadership, creating youth opportunities, preserving cultural heritage and wildlife conservation”.

During his visit Charles opened a new welfare block at Britain’s naval facility in Manama, Bahrain and met sailors on board HMS Middleton.

The unit, built on land gifted by the government, is using wastewater treatment technology deployed by award-winning British firm Bluewater Bio, a global specialist in technologies for cost-efficient, environmentally friendly water and wastewater treatment.

Its technology will help to clean the previously polluted water at the bay, helping to conserve the mangrove forest and protect Tubli Bay from further degradation.

The firm now plans to broaden its business across the region, an expansion which will be worth millions of pounds. Xan Morgan, Middle East director of Bluewater Bio, said: “The reality is that the visit from the Prince of Wales will be a powerful catalyst to our Gulf-wide expansion plans.”

Richard Haddon, the firm’s executive chairman, said: “We are delighted that our work at Tubli has been a resounding success and one that has exceeded the expectations of the client.

As a British-based company whose operations have been firmly established in the country for nearly 10 years, we are proud to call Bahrain our Middle East hub.

“Tubli continues to serve as a compelling showcase of our capabilities and technology, further strengthening our position both regionally  and internationally. Tubli has been a true win-win project.”

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Bluewater Bio obtains Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2016-2017 Accreditation.

Bluewater Bio are pleased to announce they have obtained Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2016-2017 accreditation, with an aggregate score of over 91% across all assessed criteria. The Company demonstated an improvement across all criteria in comparison to the previous year’s assessment.
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Management System Evaluation (2015)
Health & Safety – 92%
Environment – 79%
Quality – 84%
CSR – 100%

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Management System Evaluation (2016)
Health & Safety – 96%
Environment – 82%
Quality – 87%
CSR – 100%

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Our certificate can be viewed below

Certificate of Assessment

16-19 January 2017 – Come and see us at the International Water Summit (IWS) on the UK Pavilion

If you happen to be at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi from the 16th -19th January then come and visit us at the UK Pavilion to discuss some of our ground-breaking technologies for water & wastewater treatment.

Should you wish to arrange a 1-2-1 meeting then please contact our Business Development & Middle East Director, Mr Xan Morgan via email

About IWS

Celebrating its five-year anniversary in 2017, the International Water Summit (IWS) is a global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions by bringing together world leaders, field experts, academics and business innovators to accelerate the development of new sustainable strategies and technologies.

For more info please visit the conference website


British Water Supports UK Innovation at Aquatech

A leading UK trade organisation has promised to help companies make the mostHYBACS_ashbourne smart units of the opportunities at global water event Aquatech Amsterdam 2015. British Water, which promotes UK technology and trade links, will be part of the UK Pavilion run by the Government Department for Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

It is the first time British Water has taken a stand at Aquatech, which takes place at RAI Amsterdam from 3-6 November 2015 and is one of the most important global events in the water industry calendar. Eight UK companies are taking part in the UK Pavilion, with 14 exhibiting elsewhere.

Award-winning technology
Among the innovative UK water businesses taking part in Aquatech 2015 are Guildford-based Modern Water, which manufactures water-monitoring equipment to detect trace elements; Cheshire-based Arvia, which has developed a radical new way to remove micro-pollutants and Lancashire’s atg UV Technology, which has been nominated for the Aquatech Wastewater Innovation Award.

The British Water stand will showcase the work of five British companies – Aqualogy, Aquam Water Services, Bio Systems Europe, Bluewater Bio and Impact Solutions. Read Full Article

12 -13 October 2015 – Come and see us at the 9th Annual European Wastewater Management Conference (EWWM)

The European Waste Water Management Conference is one of the few events in the UK that deals specifically with problems and solutions for the management and treatment of wastewater.

We will be presenting a conference paper discussing our innovative high rate FilterClear technology and its benefits for Tertiary Solids Removal applications. Conference Programme

Yorkshire Water Launches Phosphorus Removal Trial (Utility Week)

Yorkshire Water has launched a year-long phosphorus removal trial at one of its wastewater treatment works in Derbyshire.

The company has awarded the contract for the pilot project to Bluewater Bio for a full scale trial at its Bolsover Sewage Treatment Works, starting on 6 November. Read Full Article

Bluewater Bio awarded Phosphorus removal contract by Yorkshire Water

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that  Yorkshire Water Services Ltd (“Yorkshire Water”) has selected the Company’s high rate filter technology, FilterClear, for their full-scale P removal trials at Bolsover sewage treatment/wastewater treatment works, Derbyshire. The site serves a population equivalent of 10,000, with FilterClear being utilised for 100 per cent of the flow. The contract, scheduled for delivery on 6th November, is part of a wider initiative with participants across the ten major Water and Sewerage Companies, managed by UK Water Industry Research Ltd (“UKWIR”). The trial is scheduled to last for a 12 month period, due to be completed in December 2016.

As part of the National Chemical Investigation Programme (CIP) the feasibility and cost implications in achieving a Total Phosphorus level of 0.1 mg/L will be evaluated, with the outcome of the trials aiding in determining the strategy the respective water companies’ implement when addressing P removal in the future.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with Yorkshire Water on what is a very important area of interest for the industry a whole. With increasingly stringent discharge coming into place for P removal across the UK and Europe, economically viable and sustainable approaches need to be examined and evaluated.

“FilterClear’s exceptional final effluent quality coupled with its small footprint, off-site manufacturing approach and short lead times make it an ideal option for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents.”


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Bluewater Bio Secures Fourth HYBACS Order in South Africa, for £2.5m Tsakane Project

Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is delighted to announce that it has secured its fourth order in South Africa for its efficient enhanced activated sludge process, HYBACS®. The project, valued at 44.4 million South African Rand (c. £2.5m) has been secured via BwB’s licensee partner in Sub Saharan Africa, Headstream Water. The project is for the extension of the Tsakane Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), located 25 miles southeast of Johannesburg.


Tsakane STP is one of 19 STPs owned and operated by East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT), an award-winning and progressive wastewater utility, who serve more than 3.5 million people and some 2,000 industries near Johannesburg.


The original STP at Tsakane was designed to treat an average of 10,800 m3/day of wastewater however following rapid growth of the township, the STP became overloaded, thereby requiring the need to increase the capacity of the plant. The HYBACS upgrade has been designed to more than double the capacity of the existing plant, thereby servicing a 75,000 population equivalent (PE). The upgrade includes 12 of BwB’s SMART Units, the unique component of the HYBACS process. A major benefit of the HYBACS solution is that it avoids the need to build any additional structures, thus reducing the cost substantially and enabling the upgrade to be carried out swiftly and without affecting the operation of the existing treatment plant.

Tsakane represents BwB’s fourth order for HYBACS in South Africa in less than five years, and marks the Company’s largest contract award in the region to date. Combined with the 10 SMART units currently in operation at the Botleng, Swartruggens and Hartbeesfontein plants, this latest order will more than double the Company’s installed base to 22.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to have secured our fourth order, via Headstream, for the Tsakane sewage treatment plant. The increasing use of HYBACS in South Africa is both a direct result of all the hard work done by our partners Headstream and an increasing realization by major water utilities such as ERWAT that simple and robust solutions to overloaded treatment plants are the way forward. In a market where the wastewater infrastructure is under increasing pressure due to ageing assets and overloading and where competition for capital is fierce, HYBACS continues to show that it is well suited to meet these needs. The high quality of treatment HYBACS delivers is sufficient to meet some of the most stringent discharge consents around the globe and its modularity makes it a powerful tool. Following the success of this significant scheme, I look forward to the continued roll out of HYBACS in South Africa and beyond.”


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Bluewater Bio Awarded Three Projects by Anglian Water

Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that Anglian Water PLC (“Anglian”), under its Tertiary Solids Removal Framework, has awarded three contracts for FilterClear, BwB’s innovative high performance multimedia filtration technology. The three projects are located at Brington and Bugbrooke Water Recycling Centres (“WRC”), in Northamptonshire, and Alford WRC in Lincolnshire. .

In total, the three FilterClear systems will be treating up to 7,000 cubic meters per day, at an aggregate contract value of just under £0.6 million. BwB will supply its advanced multimedia filters as pre-engineered and tested package plants, thereby reducing the duration, cost and risks of site work.

The high performance FilterClear systems deliver many benefits when compared with competing technologies, especially in terms of high filtrate quality, compact footprint and reduced energy requirements – thereby establishing FilterClear as a cost competitive solution.

Adrian Harris, recently appointed CEO of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with Anglian Water and their delivery partners in the @one Alliance on this framework. FilterClear is an established and well-proven technology within Scotland and we are pleased that Anglian Water has recognised its particular benefits for these wastewater polishing applications.”

“Tertiary solids removal is becoming important for many sites across the UK and Europe and increasingly stringent consents for phosphorus often necessitate very high levels of solids removal, something that FilterClear achieves readily with low operating costs.”

Prior to the framework contract and subsequent orders, a FilterClear demonstration plant was operated for four months at Cambridge WRC. Operational and water quality data were collected to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology. The performance exceeded the client’s expectations and FilterClear has been considered as a potential alternative to conventional sand filters or even membrane filters where stringent solids performance is required.

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