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Bluewater Bio to work with Yorkshire Water on phosphorus trial

Yorkshire Water has awarded a contract to Bluewater Bio Ltd for a year-long phosphorus removal trial at one of its wastewater treatment works in Derbyshire.

The utility will use Bluewater’s high-rate filter technology, Filterclear, for a full scale trial at Bolsover Sewage Treatment Works, starting on November 6th. The site serves a population equivalent of 10,000, and Filterclear will be used for 100 per cent of the flow.

The trial is part of a wider initiative being managed by UK Water Industry Research Ltd (UKWIR) on behalf of several major water and sewerage companies in the UK.

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.  

Phosphorus removal is a key focus for many sewerage companies at the moment as discharge consents on it are being tightened as a result of regulation under the EU Water Framework Directive.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with Yorkshire Water on what is a very important area of interest for the industry as a whole. 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.

“FilterClear’s exceptional final effluent quality coupled with its small footprint, off-site manufacturing approach and short lead times make it an ideal option for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents.”

Headquartered in London, and with an R&D team based at Cranfield University, Bluewater Bio has a growing technology portfolio focused primarily on the rapid upgrading, optimisation and monitoring of water and wastewater treatment plants.

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Treatment
Tags: wastewater treatment , Yorkshire Water , phosphorous


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