Firm making water safer

A typical drinking water treatment plant
A typical drinking water treatment plant
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A WIGAN treatment firm has been awarded a major 10-year contract to purify the nation’s water supply.

Calgon Carbon Corporation and its European operating group, Chemviron Carbon, based in Ashton, will be working with Thames Water, the largest provider of drinking water and wastewater services in the UK.

The firm will be involved in reactivating the spent carbon, which is used for the purification of drinking water, at its Tipton plant near Birmingham.

Reactivation involves treating the spent carbon in a high temperature furnace, where the undesirable organics are thermally destroyed making it safe to reuse as drinking water.

The value of Chemviron Carbon’s contract is dependent upon the amount of carbon that is reactivated annually.

The plant’s production capacity will be increased by around a third.

Until the project is completed, Thames’s carbon will be reactivated at Chemviron Carbon’s facilities in Grays, UK and Feluy, Belgium.

Reinier Keijzer, vice president of Chemviron Carbon, said: “Chemviron Carbon is the largest and most effective reactivator in the UK, offering water utilities a comprehensive range of value added technical and site services.”

Bob O’Brien, Calgon Carbon’s chief operating officer, said: “Because of Thames Water’s ongoing commitment to provide high quality drinking water to their customers, Calgon Carbon and Thames have a relationship that spans decades.

“We are very pleased that Thames selected Chemviron Carbon for its reactivation services, and we look forward to working with them over the next 10 years.”

Chemviron Carbon is an international manufacturer of activated carbon, carbon filters, and purification systems, including drinking water treatment and sugar decolouring or purification.

It operates Europe’s largest reactivation facilities and recycles large quantities of spent carbon for a diverse range of customers daily, meeting the environmental need to minimise waste, reducing CO2 emissions and limiting the use of the world’s resources.

The firm’s Birmingham site is to undergo a £6.1m renovation and expansion of the facility, which is expected to be completed in 2014.

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