Yorkshire Water awards metering and wastewater contracts

UK utility Yorkshire Water Services (YWS) has signed two new contracts for the supply of meters and also a filter technology to remove phosphorus at its wastewater treatment works...

Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water

UK utility Yorkshire Water Services (YWS) has signed two new contracts for the supply of meters and also a filter technology to remove phosphorus at its wastewater treatment works.

Itron will supply 500,000 water meters equipped with radio communication modules to the Yorkshire region over the next five years.

The aim of the contract is to help YWS assess the performance of its network and assets, leveraging accurate data around consumption, reliable leakage notifications and advanced alarm options.

Tony O'Shea, leakage and metering manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We foresee tangible benefits from continuing to implement Itron’s advanced metering technology, including controlling costs to customers, creating operational efficiencies and enhancing customer service by expanding the use of meaningful data.”

Mathias Martin, Itron vice president of sales, EMEA, said: “The utility and its end-customers will benefit from Itron’s technology with access to timely information for better water resource management.”

In a second contract, UK company Bluewater Bio will provide its filter technology – FilterClear – for a full-scale phosphorus (P) removal trial at the Bolsover sewage treatment/wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), Derbyshire.

The filter will be used for 100% of the WWTP flow, serving a population equivalent of 10,000.

The contract, scheduled for delivery on November 6, is part of a wider initiative with participants across the ten major Water and Sewerage Companies, managed by UK Water Industry Research (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, said: “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."

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