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Archive for September, 2012

Smallest UK Water Company Forced to Shut Down

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by admin No Comments

One of the oldest water companies in the UK may be forced to finally turn off its taps because maintenance costs were spiralling out of control.

The Fenny Compton Water Company Ltd was originally created by a local landowner in 1886 to protect the villagers of Fenny Compton from deadly diseases such as cholera.

Water was sourced from a pure spring in the Avon Dassett hills, Warwickshire, and piped through to only 36 homes and three businesses.

The company was the smallest of its kind in England but also one of the longest running. However the prospect of £200,000 worth of repairs has meant that directors of the company are now putting its future to a vote.

Company secretary Jill Rankin told the BBC: “It is really sad and nobody wants it to shut. But replacing the pipes is going to cost £200,000 and we have only got £7,000 in the bank.”
She added: “We’re asking the village whether it wants to keep the company going or shut it down and move to Severn Trent.

Warwickshire water company

Warwickshire residents may see the fenny Compton water company shut down.

“As time has gone on we are having to fix increasing numbers of leaks and the cost of fixing them has gone up substantially.”

It used to be that the Fenny Compton Water Company Ltd could get local men to repair any leaks or problems with the infrastructure. But now tight regulations mean that experienced contractors have to be called in and this costs a great deal more money.

Depending on what residents decide, there is a transfer fee for changing to Severn Trent Water of £1,500. The remaining company funds would then be distributed to pensioners and single parent families in the village.

Resident David Walker, who has helped repair burst pipes with a hammer and chisel over the years, said: “I personally wouldn’t like to see the Fenny Compton Water Company Ltd shut down because we’ve been looking after it for all these years. However the time has come when we have to replace the pipes or give up. It’s an awful shame.”

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Hard Water Regions of the UK

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by admin No Comments

British Water has released a diagram showing the hard water areas of England and Wales.

Hard Water Areas of England and Wales

Hard Water Areas of England and Wales

The blue areas on the map are the areas where the water is hardest, while yellow areas show slightly hard to moderately hard water. Grey areas are soft to moderately soft.

As is amply clear from the map of hard water regions of the UK, Bristol is in an area of hard water with over 200 milligrams per litre of calcium carbonate.

In England the only statutory obligation on the Water Authorities is to supply potable water fit for drinking. They have no obligation to be concerned about hard water.

That is why many residents turn to Aquatec – the Pure Water People for a water softening and purification solution.

Here are some of the basic benefits of purifying and softening your water:

  • Reducing Energy Bills
  • Protecting Home Appliances
  • Removing Impurities
  • Removing Limescale

To book your free water evaluation, please fill out our contact form and we will be in touch to arrange a suitable time for you. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss our products please call 01179109988. You can also read more about the effects of hard water here.

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Water Company Charged For Dumping Sewage in the Sea

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Criminal charges are being pressed against a UK water company which was caught dumping sewage into the sea.

Southern Water pumped the untreated raw sewage into the coastline off East Worthing over a period of a day and a half.

The offence was the result of a mistake at its water treatment works in Western Road. Bathers are now being advised by Worthing Council to steer clear of the sea between Ferring and Southwick while the Environment Agency works to sort out the problem.

Meanwhile Southern Water is the subject of a criminal investigation.

One unlucky swimmer got immersed in sewage before any red flags had been put up on Worthing Beach.


The cleanup is underway at Worthing Beach

Sue Mulholland told the Brighton and Hove Argus: “I was horrified, spat as much water out as I could and scrambled out of the water as fast as the seaweed and sloping stones would let me.

“Needless to say I headed back for a very thorough shower. I returned to the promenade less than an hour later and searched for a sign.

“Eventually, I found an A4-sized piece of paper attached to a small signpost. There were no hazard signs or exclamation marks or the usually red triangle or circle.”

Southern Water blamed a build up of nappies and sanitary towels for the pump failure and apologised.

A spokesman added: “We can confirm we stopped releasing wastewater flows through the emergency, short sea outfall on Monday. Staff have been working 24/7 at the treatment works since the problems began on Saturday night. Diverting wastewater into the sea, via the emergency outfall, was necessary to prevent localised flooding in Worthing. Repair work is continuing on site today and there will be a full investigation into the incident.”

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) also complained that it was disappointing to see such incidents which caused significant health risks to swimmers and surfers.

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Nestle Warning on World Water Shortage

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The chief executive of Nestlé, Paul Bulcke, has said that water consumption and preservation will become a global crisis if it goes unchecked.

Nestlé is the world’s largest food company, but it is concerned about food shortages and food price rises which are coming at the expense of biofuel production.

Speaking at the World Water Week conference in Sweden, Mr Bulcke said: “We say no food for fuel. Agricultural food-based biofuel is an aberration. The EU and US should put money behind the right biofuels.”

Nestle Water Warning

Nestle issues world water warning

Current laws state that 40% of the US maize harvest must be used to make biofuels, but this becomes problematic because the country is experiencing one of its worst droughts for the last century.

Nestlé, which is responsible for a quarter of the entire world’s bottled water market, says that it is a dangerous policy to pursue biofuels despite rising prices and food and water shortages.

And without better use of water, food supplies will be severely limited.

Mr Bulcke explained: “The relationship between food and water is clear. Water should have a value. There is so much waste in the system including that produced by farms, industry, food waste and food spoilage.”

“Water is one cause of the food crisis. Governments took their eye off the ball. For years, research and development investments were very low, at 1.5% annually. We have a crisis in the making. We cannot continue to use water in the same wasteful way as before.”

If you want to use your water more efficiently by purifying and softening it, contact Aquatec pure water consultants today. Our water purification systems can cut your energy bills by up to 40%, and make your home appliances work more efficiently.

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