Institute of Water: The South West Area Innovation Awards

April 16, 2021

WRc is one of three finalists in the Institute of Water’s South West Area Innovation Awards and will be presenting at its live final. The leading centre of excellence for innovation and growth has been shortlisted for its “WRcCSO: rethinking the CSO for the 21st Century” project, a joint entry with SDS, Morrison Utilities Services and Galliford Try Joint Venture (MGJV) and Southern Water. The awards will take place virtually on 20 April, between 10:00 and 12:00.

“The design of combined sewer overflows (CSO) has largely remained the same for over 50 years,” explains Senior Consultant Peter Henley, who leads the pollution and flooding team and will be pitching on WRc’s behalf. “More recently, additional storage and methods of screening solids have been added to traditional CSO designs; however, these require clearing either mechanically or by operatives. To address this, and to reduce pollution from CSO spills and the associated costs of maintaining these assets, WRc has developed an innovative, patented, CSO design that reduces the floating solids presented to the screen by over 80%.

“A trial of this innovative design is being undertaken by Southern Water, through its delivery partner MGJV, at a site in Selsey, UK. MGJV and WRc worked closely in adapting the design to address on-site construction aspects, such as fabricating in two sections to avoid services, thus demonstrating the flexibility in this solution. Evaluation of the CSO has shown that it performs exceptionally following storm events, showing that the WRcCSO design can be used to reduce the aesthetic pollution of water courses and beaches, to reduce customer contacts and the costs of spill clean-up. In conjunction with downstream treatment or nature-based solutions, the WRcCSO is a powerful tool to prevent pollution incidents.”

South West Area Innovation Awards

One benefit of virtual awards is that they can be judged by a global panel of industry experts. The South West event judges are Dragan Savic (Chief Executive Officer at KWR Water Research Institute based in the Netherlands and Professor of hydroinformatics at the University of Exeter in the UK), Mukund Vasudevan (previously Managing Director of Ecolab, South Asia), Barrie Light (water industry expert with over 40 years’ experience, including at Bournemouth Water and at South West Water) and Karen Light (with over 30 years’ experience of working in the water, waste and environmental sectors). The Institute of Water invites a global audience to attend virtually. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the candidates, the judges and fellow members of the institute and will learn about the latest innovative ideas in the water industry.

You can register to attend the awards on the Institute of Water website.

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