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The ten steps to totex

Finding solutions that can repair the disconnects between capital expenditure (capex) and operational expenditure (opex) and between operators’ intentions and the reality of running a wastewater...

8 June 2016

News & Opinion

Grit removal - a totex opportunity

A good model by which the water industry can test the total expenditure (totex) model is the process of grit removal in wastewater treatment. By removing more, and finer, grit at the inlet works,...

31 May 2016

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The Whole Life Disconnect

Is the UK water industry making sufficient progress towards its goal of embedding Whole Life Costing into its procurement, contracting and operating processes? As I've written before, in order to...

21 April 2016

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WaterBriefing AMP6 & Totex Survey

WaterBriefing AMP6 & Totex Survey

The WaterBriefing AMP6 & Totex Survey WaterBriefing has launched the first of a series of surveys looking at key operational and strategic issues during the UK water industry's Asset...

30 March 2016

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Finding our way through the FOG

Fats, oils and greases (FOG) in the sewer network are like excess cholesterol in the human body. We understand by now the need to reduce the amount of cholesterol in our diets, but why don’t we...

24 February 2016

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Microbeads: capture is not the real issue

Microbeads - a global environmental issue The media has been full of the dangers of microbeads over the past few months, and the environmental issue has led to a ban on microbeads in the United...

18 January 2016

News & Opinion

The Cost Of Grit - Q&A with Keith Hutchings

Q. Is grit a significant factor in the cost of running a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)? If so, how? A. The abrasive nature of grit has long been recognised as a major factor causing wear and...

22 December 2015

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Settled grit clogs wastewater treatment processes

Technically Speaking: Grit Removal

Grit entering the process stream of a wastewater treatment works has always posed a threat by raising operating costs and impacting on energy efficiency. But the heavy burden in energy, materials,...

16 December 2015

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Accumulated grit - TOTEX must take into account lifetime maintenance costs

TOTEX - Balancing Risk & Reward

Getting the right balance between risk and reward is a critical success factor for any business, but for UK water companies those cash prizes and penalties are driven by a regulator, through their...

14 December 2015

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Intermittent operation - an irresistible attraction?

Operating wastewater treatment plant processes or equipment intermittently offers the irresistible attraction of reduced energy costs. But take the practice too far, or in the wrong circumstances,...

2 December 2015

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