We provide potable water networks for new build developments which are installed and adopted as part of our agreement.
Our water networks are provided by a new appointment under the Water Industry Act 1991 where we take over the development from a regional water company.
As a licensed water undertaker regulated by Ofwat, we have the same legal obligations and powers as other water companies in England and Wales.
All new properties are fitted with automated meter reading technology that allows us to remotely access usage data and can be used to alert us to supply pipe leakage. This ensures that we are able to keep water losses lower than regional incumbents.
Green water treatment and networks
We also provide green water supplies (non-potable water) to new developments which are used for toilet flushing, garden watering and vehicle washing.
The water comes from rainwater runoff and treated waste water.
These sustainable supplies are provided at a reduced cost to potable water and help achieve the stringent water consumption requirements of the building regulations.
It also reduces the carbon footprint of each property and may reduce the customer's water bill.
Modular waste water treatment
Our modular waste water treatment systems are constructed in phases with parallel streams to support the build rate of the development.
Our solution to sewage treatment is a modular system that is built adjacent to tertiary reed beds and storm water storage. This approach reduces upfront capital requirements and streamlines cashflows for the project.
Where possible we design modular treatment systems that are low energy, require little maintenance and complement the local environment.
Waste water networks
We provide waste water connections to new developments, adopting and operating waste water infrastructure.
The waste water infrastructure is adopted and operated by us as part of an inset under the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended). This process is one that is entirely familiar to developers and follows the S104 process established in Sewers for Adoption (or S102 for existing networks).
Surface water drainage and sustainable drainage systems, SuDS
We will adopt surface water systems that incorporate SuDS features, eg, water attenuation ponds and manage them using our integrated water management team based on each site.
We are working with industry colleagues to ease the process of SuDS adoption and our experts are incorporating these features into our green water recycling schemes.
Reed bed habitat
To produce high quality water, we use constructed reed bed designs on our sewage treatment and water recycling facilities. Water trickling through reed beds is cleaned by micro-organisms living in the root systems and the substrata. The organisms use the waste water for growth nutrients and produce high quality final water. This process is similar to aerobic digestion which is used in conventional treatment systems.
We use reed bed designs to further enhance or provide tertiary treatment to our modular sewage treatment systems. The resulting high quality water is released into the environment or stored and blended with rainwater for future treatment prior to being recycled and reused for toilet flushing and garden watering.
If you have untidy or poorly maintained sites we can help to look after green spaces, trees, hedges and community open spaces. We can do this by adopting, maintaining or working through a site management trust. We can also work with developers to design features that support local biodiversity.
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