Durability wins Durapipe UK distribution piping refurbishment project for biological filter at English wastewater facility
Thames Water’s wastewater treatment plant in Alton, Hampshire
A selection of pipework from Durapipe UK is being installed as part of a major refurbishment of Thames Water’s waste treatment plant in Alton, Hampshire, England.
The plant is undergoing a general refurbishment, as part of Thames Water’s regular maintenance programme, which involves replacement of all current equipment used to run the plant. As such, 10” Durapipe ABS pipework made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) materials has been specified for the plant’s 10 distribution pipes, which are used to continually spray effluent over the biological filter beds to treat sewage to within consent levels before discharging to the watercourse.
Maintenance needs were an important consideration for the plant as Thames Water undertakes refurbishments of this filter plant every 20 years, and so it’s important to install products that retain performance capabilities as well as limit maintenance and replacement requirements.
Installed by specialists in design and manufacture of sewage treatment equipment Tuke and Bell, Durapipe ABS was selected due to performance qualities including its lightweight and corrosion-free properties, as well as a robustness that prolongs the lifespan of the product and reduces maintenance and replacement costs. It boasts a 50-year service life and a wide operational temperature range makes it ideal also for many industrial applications.
Commenting on the project, Tuke and Bell’s Darren Brighton said: “We typically use steel and galvanised pipework products within our systems, but for this project Durapipe ABS was the most appropriate solution due to its lightweight material and maintenance free qualities.”
“Due to weight restrictions with this system at Thames Water, we needed a pipework system which is extremely lightweight and, so combining all the benefits it can offer, Durapipe ABS was the ideal choice for this project.”
Durapipe UK (www.durapipe.co.uk) is based in Cannock, Staffordshire, England.