Sludge Removal – Prevent High Costs

Wastewater Treatment Plant

As with a lot of industries, food and beverage manufacturers consume high volumes of water in their processes. This results in high volumes of wastewater, and with that comes a number of problems and after effects.

Wastewater is exactly that, waste. That waste forms into sludge, the residual solids associated with the primary and secondary phases of the wastewater treatment process. After chemical addition to promote liquid-solid separation in the primary phase of treatment and then from biological sludge after further treatment, the residual solids become a waste sludge.

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7 Tips on Preventing the Growth of Legionella

Under the Health and Safety at Work Law, the duty care holder and any company or responsible person appointed to oversee any kind of monitoring work could be prosecuted if an individual contracted Legionnaires’ disease on site. Below, we have provided seven tips on preventing the growth of Legionella.

1. Appoint a dedicated hygiene manager

This doesn’t have to be a specifically-hired manager, it could be a role assigned to an in-house member of staff or it could be outsourced. However, this should be one of the first steps followed to help prevent the growth of Legionella. Monitoring all the water systems and carrying out the appropriate checks and treatments is a big task. Any missed checks or treatment could result in a Legionella outbreak.

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Biochemica Water Donates NEPIC Prize Fund to Local School

Students at Ingleby Mill Primary School have been given the opportunity to decide how their school will spend a £2000 donation received from Billingham based water and wastewater treatment specialists Biochemica Water.

John Fraser, Managing Director of the firm, was joined by NEPIC Chief Executive and former Labour MP for Hartlepool Iain Wright on a visit of the Ingleby Barwick school earlier this week. They were greeted by the excitable students with an assembly in their honour, where Iain announced the donation of £2000.

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Biochemica Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2018

You may have noticed this week that many businesses are celebrating their apprentices on social media. Well, there is a reason for this. Starting from 5th March 2018 and lasting all week, the UK government is promoting National Apprenticeship Week. #NAW2018 is an initiative to celebrate apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy.

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Biochemica Water Shortlisted for Company of the Year Award

Billingham based water and wastewater treatment specialists Biochemica Water have been shortlisted in the Company of the Year category at the prestigious North East Business Awards Teesside Heat.

On the back of their NEPIC SME of the Year win, Biochemica Water has been shortlisted for the top award at the Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards. Competing against Stokesley based food manufacturers Quorn and Hartlepool based energy experts Utility Alliance, Biochemica Water will be hoping to walk away as winners at Teesside University on the 22nd March.

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Biochemica Water Announced as Small Business of the Year Winners in 2018 NEPIC Annual Awards

Left to Right: Compere Steve Walls, Gareth Edmunds of Award sponsor Sirius Minerals, Dr Tim Robinson, Chairman of Biochemica Water, Dave Ruddy, CEO of Biochemica and Iain Wright, Chief Executive of NEPIC.

Water and wastewater treatment firm Biochemica Water has been recognised for its work by a Gold Label economic cluster.

Based in the heart of industrial Teesside, Billingham, the firm was named the Small Business of the Year at the North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) Annual Awards Dinner 2018, honouring the outstanding achievements of the companies and individuals who make up the chemical-processing industries in the North East of England. The prestigious event, held at Hardwick Hall, County Durham, was attended by 450 industry leaders on January 19.

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A night to remember

That was how the UK Pool and Spa Awards was described by one lucky winner at The Vox Resorts in Birmingham last week. It was also a night to remember for Biochemica Leisure as we sponsored the Holiday Park Pool of the Year award for the first time. Camila Ruddy presented the award to Hafan y Mor, who we all agreed were deserved winners.

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My trip to Uganda | Michelle’s Story

Last month our administration assistant Michelle Hughes stepped into unfamiliar territory. After a two-week holiday in Orlando, Michelle visited her second continent in as many weeks as she landed in Uganda on the 12th October. She took in the towns of Kampala, Mukono and Nakasongola on her visit to the central African country, “It was a once in a lifetime experience, one I’ll never forget” said Michelle. It wasn’t all plane sailing as she admits she was close to returning home after the first couple of days. “It wasn’t easy, I think all the traveling I had done mixed with the jet lag left me all over the place and I got a bit upset on the second day”. However, it was the opportunity to help those less fortunate than her that made her stay.

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MD Sleeping Rough for Homelessness Charity

MD John Fraser

On Thursday 2nd November our Managing Director John Fraser will have his flask held close to him in his sleeping bag, resting his head on the cold floor as he prepares for a night sleeping rough. Why? He will be taking part in the CEO Sleepout event at Preston Park Museum in Stockton.

The charity, which raises money to fight homelessness and poverty across the UK, was set up in 2013 by philanthropist Andy Preston after two successful Sleepout events were held at Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle United. CEO Sleepout events are now hosted in a number of cities across the UK each year, with executives from Leeds, Manchester, London and Northumberland to take part before the end of 2017.

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Biochemica makes a splash with appointment of new MD

North East-based water and wastewater treatment specialist, Biochemica Group Ltd, has appointed a new managing director as part of its ambitious growth strategy.

The Billingham-headquartered Company, which counts major blue chip companies across a variety of sectors including food and beverage, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical and utilities among its most prestigious clients, recorded a turnover of £6m, up 23% on the previous year.

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HOW SAFE IS YOUR SPA?

Biochemica Leisure are here to help you answer this question

Following a number of outbreaks linked to spa pools in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes and on cruise ships, the Health and Safety Executive has released new guidance (HSG 282) to assist those who manage or operate spa-pool systems and explains how to manage and control the risks from legionella and other infectious agents.

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Ofwat postpones new connection charging rules

The framework will not be implemented from April 2017. Instead, the regulator said it is considering introducing the new charging framework from April 2018.

Charging rules for new connection services will cover charges by English water companies to developers and other customers for: connections with water mains and public sewers; the provision of new water mains, public sewers and lateral drains; and pipe diversions.

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