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Aquabio secures major contract with Dairy Crest

Posted on January 16th, 2017

Aquabio, the UK’s market leader in the reuse of industrial water, has been awarded a £3.5 million contract for a wastewater treatment and water reuse plant at Dairy Crest’s Severnside Dairy in Gloucester.

The cutting edge waste water plant, which will take15 months to complete, will treat waste water discharged to the local watercourse and additional treatment to ultra-pure quality for reuse.

The new plant at Severnside will use Aquabio’s AMBR LETM Industrial Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) and is the largest application of its kind in the UK.  MBR is a combination of a membrane based filtration process (ultrafiltration) with an aerobic or anaerobic biological reactor. AMBR LETM with Reverse Osmosis (RO) processes produce effluent of a high enough quality to be re-used in industrial application, or discharged to stringent watercourse requirements. The advantages of MBR filtration over conventional processes include a small footprint and easy retrofitting and upgrading of existing wastewater treatment plants.

Some 60 percent of waste water at the new plant will be treated to potable standards for reuse.  The plant will have the capacity to recycle 550 million litres of water per year.  This is enough water to supply the daily demands of over 10,000 people.

The plant will be Aquabio’s largest AMBR LETM treatment and reuse plant to date, further establishing Aquabio as the market leader in effluent reuse in the food and drink industry.  It will attract Government Enhanced Capital Allowance, a key part of the Government’s programme to encourage investment  in resource efficient equipment.  The allowance provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for investments in equipment that meet published energy saving criteria.

The plant will bring many benefits to Dairy Crest, including a cost reduction for water supply and effluent discharge, security and sustainability of the water supply, and a reduced water footprint.

Aquabio’s Managing Director, Steve Goodwin, said: “Dairy Crest is making a significant investment at Severnside to improve waste water quality and water recycling.  Aquabio’s 12 year track record of providing large scale water reuse in the UK food and beverage sector, low energy technology and high engineering standards was an important factor in the decision making process and we are extremely proud to be working with Dairy Crest on this project.”

Matt Bardell, Dairy Crest’s Group Sustainability Manager commented: “This investment will deliver a step change in water abstracted at Severnside.  It builds on our previous group wide successes in water efficiency and makes a significant contribution to our longer term corporate commitments.”

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