Using non-potable water, wisely.

In the UK, B & V Water Treatment is pioneering the use of non-potable water supplies for industrial uses, such as cooling and washing, to conserve water supplies and reduce costs. The system uses abstraction of water from canals, rivers and boreholes, in such a way as to minimize any impact on the natural inhabitants of the water source.

Their first installation has been installed at plant that uses 400 tons of water per day in a recycling process for nappies (diapers). The required water is now extracted from a canal in the UK Midlands. Head of water treatment engineering at B & V, Kevin Byrne, explained: “We can provide the design and environmental modelling to abstract water from canals, rivers, boreholes and other sources to a UK Environment Agency approved standard.”
The systems are designed to ensure there is no harm to resident wildlife, and even the filters have environmentally friendly components as they are made from recycled glass.

A second UK project will use an alternative water source for non-consumptive, ‘free cooling’ purposes at a newly constructed library complex, using water from the River Severn.  Up to 100 tons per hour of cold water will be pumped from the Severn and fed to a chiller plant for the air-conditioning of the complex. Again, the filters are quoted as small enough to ensure that no wildlife is sucked into the system.

B & V Water Treatment was established in 1977 in the UK by Dr Richard Barrett and Paul Vincent, hence the B & V. It has grown to be one of the largest independent UK water treatment companies, and adopted the name ‘B & V Group’, which is made up of B & V Water Treatment and B & V Effluent Services: this latter company joined the group in 2005. The holding company is Global Chemical Technologies, of Daventry (UK), and the group has no links to Black and Veatch Corporation, formed in 1915 as a partnership between Ernest Black and Nathan Veatch, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Working with Lord Sugar’s apprentice:

BBC Apprentice star Tom Pellereau’s spectacular win on the BBC TV programme ‘The Apprentice’ this week has been applauded by staff at B & V Water Tretment, one of the UK’s largest legionella control and water treatment companies, as the 31 year old inventor has just spent a few weeks working on a top secret project with the company.

Tom, who this week was awarded a £250,000 business partnership with multi millionaire mogul Lord Alan Sugar, has been working at the B & V offices on a revolutionary product which is due to be unveiled in the autumn.

Tom, whose personable approach and creative thinking won him the contest, has been working with members of the B & V R+D team in his capacity as director of life sciences company Biomimetics Health Industries which creates chemicals aimed at killing well known contagious micro-organisms.

B & V MD Simon Ward said: “All of us would like to congratulate Tom Pellereau on his new business partnership with Lord Sugar. We have been working with Tom for a while now and we have all been very pleased to watch him excel on ‘The Apprentice’.  For Tom to go onto to win the competition is an amazing achievement and we are all very happy to see a great person that we all really enjoy working with do so well.

“His geek like status is proving an inspiration to a new generation who are now discovering that both science and being kind and thoughtful are positive qualities in a world often dominated by more aggressive types. It’s good to see science and ‘goody goodyness’ becoming qualities to aspire to.

“Tom is a fantastic guy to work with – friendly, approachable and an old fashioned gentleman. We’re privileged to be able to work with him – and so proud of his incredible achievement. His success shows that you don’t have to be a Rottweiler to succeed in business – his so called ‘underdog’ status pretty much sealed the deal.”

The bespectacled inventor, who has a masters degree in mechanical engineering and innovation from Bath University, is also rumoured to have been offered a role presenting a BBC science programme.


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