UK ceramic membrane water project moves ahead

The UK’s first large ceramic membrane drinking water treatment plant is on track with 300 days of construction complete...

Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2017 01 Ceramic Portsmouth Web

Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2017 01 Ceramic Portsmouth Web

PLYMOUTH, UK The UK’s first large-scale ceramic membrane drinking water treatment plant is on track with 300 days of construction complete.

The £60 million Mayflower Water Treatment Works is being designed by Dutch technology company PWNT for utility South West Water.

Tested at a prototype facility from 2013 to 2015, the technology uses suspended ion exchange with a resin regeneration system, inline coagulation and ceramic membrane microfiltration.

It is the first time that this combined technology has been used in the UK.

Mayflower Water Treatment Works will replace the outdated treatment works at Crownhill in Plymouth, which was built in the 1950s and is reaching the end of its useful life.

The development is scheduled to become operational in September 2018, with the existing Crownhill works retiring from service a few months later.

The project is South West Water’s biggest single capital investment in its 2015-20 business plan.

Stephen Bird, managing director of utility South West Water, said: “We’re approaching the halfway point of the construction timetable and while there is plenty more to do, real progress is being made and the team have been working tirelessly in all weathers to ensure we’re on target to finish the main building work by next Spring.”

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