Issue date: 06 December 2000

With floodwater still covering large stretches of countryside from the Severn in Gloucestershire to the Ouse in Yorkshire, news that the most up-to-date storm water control systems are being developed will be a ray of light on the horizon.

The system uses innovative vortex technology to control and treat storm and waste water using minimal power. Under development by Hydro International plc of Clevedon, North Somerset, the system will be of interest to water companies and developers in the UK and overseas requiring separation and storm water flow control systems.

The project is being developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of the West of England, under the umbrella of a government-sponsored TCS (Teaching Company Scheme) programme. Dr John Lanham, the programme leader at UWE, said that the University’s input will enable the computer-aided design of each installation - normally custom-designed for each client - to be optimised and completed in as short a lead time as possible.

This innovative approach to design will enable Hydro to expand into new markets created by recent legislative changes affecting the water industry without the need for large increases in their costs.

Operations director Chris Williams said that Hydro's products differed from conventional technology due to their sustainable design, which does not rely on power or moving parts. "We see the TCS project forming an important component in helping Hydro achieve the growth targets which have been set by streamlining our in-house processes."

Editor's notes

A hydro brake flow control being installed. (This visual is available in JPG format from the press office - see below)

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