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SW1229

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BQ06 Sewerage
Sewerage

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BQ06 - Understanding the possibilities of new approaches and standards from a data rich sewer network

Our primary objective is to understand what role new statistical models (based on the new live network data) have in the future vs more traditional deterministic models (hydraulic models).

Key questions to answer with the research:
•    What is the art of the possible now and in the future?
•    How could we do things differently and what are the benefits to change?
•    What new standards are needed so we adopt these new approaches?



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CL1205

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BQ06 Sewerage
Climate Change

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Updating RedUP to comply with DWMP and Long term delivery strategy methodologies

We need RedUp to be fit for purpose to deliver planning to meet the Government DWMP guidance, Water UK DWMP Framework and OFWAT Long Term Delivery Strategy.

While it is recognised that guidance will likely change between Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 the fundamental requirements to produce more Climate Change Scenarios to evidence investment is confirmed.



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WM1238

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BQ03 Zero Interruptions
Water Mains & Services & Leakage

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BQ03-B04 Optimising and balancing short-term operational interventions with long-term capital maintenance to improve water supply interruptions

The aim of the project is to develop a framework and/or suite of supporting tools for optimisation of interventions to achieve water supply interruption resilience over a 10-25 year planning horizon.

The project will investigate effective planning methods to optimise short and long-term interventions based on industry-best practice and establish the relative benefits of these interventions.

Including the benefits of operational interventions, such as:

  • Alternative supply vehicles (response)
  • PMV maintenance (proactive/control)
  • Pressure optimisation (proactive/control)
  • Event management systems and processes (including sensors)

Longer-term capital maintenance interventions, such as:

  • DMA level mains renewal and replacement
  • Trunk main renewal and replacement
  • Novel lining approaches (link to BQ02/03 RPS workshop)


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Project Commenced

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WW1268

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BQ05 Wastewater
Wastewater Treatment & Sewerage

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Efficacy of Novel Disinfection Processes for Wastewater Treatment

What do we want to achieve through this research?

A study of the efficacy of novel disinfection treatment processes (PFA and Ozone as a minimum) to inform suitable permitting conditions.

  • Confirmation of the mechanism by which the processes achieve disinfection, focusing on its interaction with microbial cell structures and metabolic pathways.
  • The identification of suitable surrogates that would emulate the behaviour of target pathogens during disinfection treatment for alternative technologies.
  • An understanding of the dose / response relationship and what ‘CT value’ is required to ensure effective pathogen inactivation at a level to meet likely environmental regulators needs. This should include an understanding of how variables in wastewater characteristics such organic matter content, pH and temperature would influence the dose / response relationship and pathogen inactivation rates.
  • An understanding of the ecotoxicity and quantity of any disinfection by-products produced during treatment.
  • Consultation with the environmental regulators and other key stakeholders at every stage of the study process to deliver a final report that addresses the concerns these stakeholders have about alternatives to UV disinfection.
  • Enable the environmental regulators to issue validated dose guidance for alternative technologies that will inform plant design and permitting arrangements.


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Project Commenced

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EQ01

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Environmental Benefits

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CIP 4 Groundwater, Soil and Biosolids Investigation

The aim of this investigation is to understand if biosolids spreading on agricultural land impacts soil and groundwater quality, including possible implications for human health and the environment.