Water Quality Warnings down to ‘...

Whitesand Bay in Cornwall

The Environment Agency has issued mored than 30 water quality warnings following the weekend’s heavy rain. A surfing charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have warned that there will be more this summer, citing a “completely oversubscribed” sewage system. The charity are calling for more investment from water companies to prevent further incidents of pollution. Andy […]

E.coli and Private Water Supplies


We in England and Wales benefit from water quality that is amongst the highest in the world with only 12 ‘serious’ contamination events in 2014. Standards for potable water are understandably very strict when it comes to our public water supply, however a recent report by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) suggests a very different story when […]

Budget – £11m hit for Anaerobic...

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Several articles in the last few days, appearing in the Guardian, Edie and WWT have been critical of George Osbourne’s summer budget, which has dealt a heavy blow to the renewable energy sector. The biggest issue is the removal of the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption for renewables which will leave renewable electricity generation eligible […]

Green Energy is Vital for the Nationa...

National Trust

It’s great to hear that the National Trust is investing substantially in renewable energy. This is long-term thinking from an organisation that in a very obvious way, needs to be thinking about the future. Historic sites such as stately homes, present a huge challenge to their caretakers. The costly energy bills, specialist sewage treatment requirements, […]

Can we Solve London’s Water Sho...

Can we Solve London’s Water Shortage by 2025?

A rather eye-opening article by Marc Herman on takepart.com lists eight cities that are running out of water. These include Tokyo, Mexico City and yes, London. The list is informed by the United Nations World Water Development report released earlier this year, that put the problem down to human activity and recommended several tactics for […]

The Sewage Treatment Journey

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At Plantwork Systems we are always working to innovate and improve our processes in order to provide new and better solutions for treating wastewater. But for now let’s take a look at the journey that your wastewater is likely to take in a UK city today: Down the Drain Chances are that before reading this, you’ll have […]

Global Water Supply ‘In distres...

Water Supply

The global water supply is ‘in distress’ according to an article published in the Financial Times yesterday. The article references satellite observations by Nasa and the University of California. Looking at 10 years of data from the twin grace satellites which measure groundwater reserves scientists observed that twenty one of the world’s thirty seven biggest […]

Anglian Water Works with Farmers to F...


Anglian Water are working with farmers to reduce the amount of slug pesticides in the country’s watercourses. Currently, the metaldehyde slug pellets are very difficult to remove from treated wastewater, so farmers are being encouraged to switch to other chemicals for dealing with the slugs. The European Union’s Water Framework Directive currently allows just 0.1ppb […]

Green Week 2015 Starts Today

Bridge over River

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the EU Green Week 2015 conference is taking place in Brussels from today until 5th June. The theme this year is nature and biodiversity! With that theme in mind we’d like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to conserving our natural environment. As a company responsible […]

Water Quality: Why have they bottled ...

Bottled Water

Last week we talked about the slightly queasy possibility of creating potable water from recycled sewage. One of the arguments to go down this road is the quality of the water that can be produced through modern wastewater treatment methods, such as our own NUTREM and Pure SBR technologies. We specifically mentioned the clarity of […]