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Veolia delivers optimisation contract at Welsh water treatment works

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Water management company Veolia has fulfilled a water services contract to help Dwr Cymru Welsh Water to manage and optimise process control, improve sustainability and deliver savings of over £440,000 (€392,550) across two water treatment works in Wales.

The three-year contract provides a range of clean water management services, supported by optimisation techniques, to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, which supplies water and wastewater services to 1.4 million homes and businesses in Wales.

The utility uses a network of 26,500km of water mains to provide services to its three million customers. Under this new contract, Veolia will deliver optimised process control for efficient energy and chemicals use, as well as improved resilience. This, in turn, will ensure the network is operated in line with today’s water industry standards.

Veolia’s optimisation services were required at the Broomy Hill water treatment works in Hereford, and the Bolton Hill works in Haverfordwest, to identify, deliver and maintain cost savings by focusing on energy, chemical and water efficiencies.

Using its PEARL software, Veolia created a holistic model of each plant using design date, site performance requirements, water quality and regulatory targets. The software used operational benchmark data from over 4,500 drinking water plants operated around the world by Veolia to identify cost savings across the two sites.

“Veolia’s optimisation services are now delivering real benefits through technical innovation, secure service delivery and project execution and these are driving greater efficiency for water companies,” commented John Abraham, COO for Veolia’s water and industrial customers in the UK and Ireland. “By implementing the latest water process optimisation with Dwr Cymru we are helping them to meet their regulatory and financial targets, advance sustainability and deliver the highest level of service at the lowest possible cost for their customers.”

Increasing operational efficiency at the water treatment plants has also reduced energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions, which is in line with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s environmental targets.