Northumbrian Water rolls out new tech to improve water quality
Northumbrian Water has begun to roll out a new piece of technology, which has been designed from scratch by its workers, to help protect the quality of rivers and watercourses across the North East.
The SWAT (site wastewater analysis trailer) is a bespoke mobile unit which will be plugged into wastewater treatment works to help give detailed information on the quality of wastewater going into the sites from customers' homes, and back out again into the environment.
The 2.5-meter tall and 4.2-meter wide mobile unit conceals a myriad of pipework, which pumps up wastewater from the works and runs it through water analysis software mounted inside.
This then gives operators instantaneous results on the incoming wastewater, allowing them to know straight away exactly what is in the sewage and any changes that might need to be made to how it gets treated.
A second SWAT unit will measure the quality of the water coming out at the end of the treatment process, meaning Northumbrian Water can continue to make sure that it is of the highest standard before it gets safely returned to the environment.
The mobile trailers, which will be deployed on treatment sites across the region wherever and whenever necessary, will be named after past employees as part of the company's legacy project.
Northumbrian Water’s technical advisor Laura Evans and her team first had the idea for the SWAT unit more than a year ago. She said: “Ordinarily, an employee would take samples of the wastewater and either analyse the wastewater on site themselves or send it to the labs for testing. This can be time consuming and limited in the information it gives us about what is going on inside our sewage treatment works.
“We’ve spent the last year working on designing and developing the SWAT trailer to help us improve that process and I'm so proud that we've now got a real-life, working product.”
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