Thames Water tenders £74.76m water treatment chemicals contract

Thames Water has today gone out to tender with a major contract for water treatment chemicals worth an estimated £74.76 million in total.

The water company is looking to put a framework agreement in place for the supply and delivery of a wide range of chemicals that are used in their clean water production and waste water treatment processes. The chemical portfolio in scope includes inorganic chemicals, and iron salts and aluminium salts.

The contract is being tendered in three separate Lots.

Chemicals covered under Lot 1 for the supply and delivery of bulk and packaged inorganic chemicals include:

  • Ammonium Sulphate
  • Caustic Soda Formic Acid
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Magnesium Sulphate
  • Nitric Acid
  • Pure Dried Vacuum Salt
  • Salt Pebbles – Aquasol
  • Sodium Bisulphite
  • Sodium Chlorite
  • Sodium Hypochlorite and Sulphuric Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • De-Ionised Water and Nitric Acid

Lot 2 for the supply and delivery of iron salts includes ferric sulphate, ferric chloride, ferrous sulphate and ferrous choride, while Lot 3 for aluminium salts covers poly aluminium chloride (PAC) 10%/18% and aluminium ferric sulphate.

The range of chemicals will need to be supplied and delivered in a variety of delivery methods, including bulk deliveries via bulk road tanker and packaged deliveries via intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)

Thames Water is reserving the right to award the contract via a number of options, including splitting lots by regional demarcation, by strategic sites and satellite sites, waste sites, clean sites or for a combination of both waste and clean sites.

During the agreement the company may also look to explore and introduce and adopt an inventory management service model for the management of their chemical portfolio. Suppliers will therefore need to be able to demonstrate that they have the experience and the capability to facilitate an autonomous chemical management process.

Thames Water is looking to improve the overall cost effectiveness and operation of its water production and waste treatment processes via the contract. The company has a number of objectives to target linked to chemical supply including:

  • optimisation of chemical usage
  • alternative chemistry trials
  • identification and delivery of service efficiencies
  • increasing green credentials
  • improving recycling and management of residual chemicals and waste products (including packaging and containers)

Contracts awarded under the framework agreement will run for an initial term of 5 years with options to extend the agreement up to a further 3 years.

Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 9thApril 2019 – click here to access the tender documentation

Britain’s biggest road just got bigger

The A1, Britain’s longest road, has been boosted with 7 miles of new lanes after an improved section of it opened to traffic.

3.5 miles of the A1 in Cambridgeshire has been widened from two to three lanes in each direction as part of Highways England’s £1.5 billion project to upgrade the A14, the country’s biggest road upgrade.

Today, the extra lanes are open to traffic and the A1’s 70mph speed limit has been restored, benefiting the 31,000 drivers who use it every day.

Highways England is upgrading 21 miles of the A14, the east of England’s major trunk road, between Cambridge and Huntingdon. The improvements include creating seamless links between the A14 and the A1, with a redesigned junction and widening of the A1 either side of it.

The improvements the A14 scheme is delivering will boost the local and national economy, upgrade a key link between the east coast and the midlands and save up to 20 minutes for the 85,000 drivers who use it every day. And, with a decision due soon on designating part of the improved A14 and A1 as motorways, the project could create a continuous motorway from London to Peterborough for the first time.

Highways England Executive Director for Major Projects and Capital Portfolio Management Peter Mumford said:

“Today is a great step forward for people living, working and driving in and around Cambridgeshire as we open the first section of this ground-breaking road upgrade. The A14 sets the standard for how Highways England is delivering the first class infrastructure that the country needs to be successful, and it is great to see this new section of the A1 opening for traffic. It is just a taste of the huge benefits that the A14 upgrade will bring.”

Highways England Project Director for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme David Bray said:

“This is a big step in delivering a new, improved A14, and drivers can see just how much work has been done over the last couple of years. The upgraded A1 will fit seamlessly together with the new A14 and improve journeys on both roads.

The A1 is a vital road for England, just as the A14 is for the East, and we’ll have transformed both in this area into three-lane, 70mph roads, making journeys safer and faster. The A1 is just one of six phases of the overall A14 upgrade project, and our 2700-strong team is working tirelessly to deliver the rest of this huge scheme, with work expected to be complete by the end of next year.”

At 410 miles the A1 is Britain’s longest road, connecting London to Edinburgh. The A14 meets the A1 at Brampton in Cambridgeshire and, as part of the A14 project, Highways England has widened it from two lanes to three in both directions between Alconbury and Buckden and built a redesigned junction at Brampton Hut.

Alongside the upgraded A1 there will also be a new local access road to help drivers making local journeys to get around. This will run from the new Ellington junction alongside the A1 northbound and is in addition to the new five-mile long local access road running parallel to the new A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, the first section of which opened to traffic last week (18 March). Together, they will strengthen local links between villages, improve access to Cambridge for local communities and will become part of the local road network when the new A14 opens.

Councillor Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, said:

“This is more great news for the residents and drivers of Cambridgeshire and another milestone achievement. These improvements to the A1, between Alconbury and Buckden, will provide a smooth link into the A14 avoiding the Brampton Hut roundabout and improve journey times. There will also be a local access road alongside the improved A1 from the new Ellington junction connecting local communities without them needing to use the A14. We’re looking forward to the opening of the whole A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade.”

Councillor Graham Bull, Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said:

“The new A14, and the improvements to this section of the A1, are key to ensuring that Huntingdonshire can fulfil its potential as a truly great place to live, work and invest, and we are delighted to see new sections of the road beginning to open. It is part of an important wider network, including the A428 and the A1 between Buckden and Black Cat, which we are keen to work with partners to continue to improve.”

There will still be some finishing works on the A1 such as completing the Woolley Road access, commissioning the gantries to help share real time information with drivers, and completing the links to and from the new A14 later this year. This work will require some overnight closures and information will be shared in advance so people can plan journeys.

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project is now more than half way through construction. Nine of the project’s 34 bridges and structures have already opened to traffic and the longest one, the half-mile long River Great Ouse Viaduct, was completed in February. The team has worked hard to protect and enhance the natural environment, and made incredible archaeological discoveries including a 100,00-year-old woolly mammoth tusk and woolly rhino skull, and more recently the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Britain, dating back to 400BC.

The A14 project is due to be completed and fully opened by December 2020.

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LED lighting to save Wigan Council £1m a year

A recently completed street light replacement scheme is going to save Wigan Council £1m a year. The borough’s illuminating programme, which was completed last year, has helped to significantly reduce the council’s energy consumption and lowered its carbon footprint with more than 36,500 LED lights fitted across the network of roads.

As well as saving £1m a year through reduced energy and operating costs, the lights also have a number of other benefits in comparison to traditional sodium street lamps.

In 2018 Wigan Council was awarded the Most Improved Performer at the APSE Awards, which recognises excellence in public services.

Much of this success has been based on the local authority’s project to replace its conventional street lights for more environmentally-friendly light-emitting diode bulbs. They have a longer lifespan, require less maintenance and use nearly 60 per cent less energy.

The lights give off virtually no heat and contain no hazardous substances, do not need replacement lamps and can be controlled by a central computer system, all while providing bright, high-quality lighting on to the street. Coun Carl Sweeney, cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, said:

“Implementing our award-winning street lighting project across the borough was key in making changes that will ultimately have a positive impact on our environment for the next generation.

“Some authorities are switching lights off to save money but we knew it isn’t what our residents wanted as they are an important part of helping people feel safe and secure both in their communities and while on the roads.

“This innovative scheme helps us to save money through The Deal, which in turn means we have been able to freeze the general element of council tax for the sixth year in a row. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has been involved in making this scheme a success.”

Residents can report a fault with a street light direct to the street lighting team, visit and search for street lighting for more information.

Between April and December 2018, Wigan Council spent £1.8m on street lights, according to financial data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Across England, spending on street lighting has fallen by 11 per cent in the last five years and many local authorities have slashed their budgets by 50 per cent or more. Money saved by switching off street lights can come at the cost of personal safety, the Royal Society said. It added that the risk of driving or walking in darkness “may ultimately lead to lives being lost” if councils are not careful. Head of road safety Nick Lloyd said: “Councils should only reduce lighting if they are sure that it will not lead to an increase in accidents, or put personal safety at risk, and accident rates should be monitored.

“It is also important that councils do all they can to warn drivers, riders and walkers that lights are being switched off or dimmed, and give advice about what they should do to protect themselves.”

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Councils receive over £9m to clean high streets

Local authorities are to receive £9.75m to help them tidy up their local areas ahead of ‘National High Street Perfect Day’.

Councils will be able to use this one-off funding to support existing community groups with equipment and training for volunteers.

They will be able to buy tools such as litter pickers, gloves and brushes and provide training for residents on how to remove graffiti or tackle fly-tipping.

They will also be able to organise events to encourage more families to get involved in litter-picking activities.

‘High streets are at the centre of our communities, and as places that are well loved, they sometimes need a bit of a spruce up to look their very best,’ said communities secretary James Brokenshire.

‘That’s why we will be providing councils with £9.75m to work with community groups who need that extra money to give their local high street a spring clean, making sure their town centres are really spick and span.’

The funding will help councils prepare for ‘National High Street Perfect Day’.

This day was first suggested in Sir John Timpson’s High Street Report, which called for a community-led approach towards supporting high streets, including one day of litter picking a year.

High streets minister Jake Berry commented: ‘This funding will improve community engagement and give councils an opportunity to do more, with community-led approaches to street clean-ups.

‘The Great British Spring Clean and the upcoming National High Street Perfect Day are fantastic opportunities for communities to get together in partnership with local businesses and ensure our high streets are places we have even greater pride in.’

The Great British Spring Clean is a month of cleaning up high streets and parks organised organised by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Commenting on the announcement, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: ‘We are delighted that the Government has decided to support all our thousands of #LitterHeroes by giving councils money to provide them with equipment and training.

‘We know, given the scale of support for the Great British Spring Clean, that finding equipment for all those who want to take part can be challenging so this money will help as we continue to grow the campaign and our network of #LitterHeroes all over the country.’

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Thames Water launches interactive online calculator to help customers save on water and energy use

An interactive online tool to help customers save money by gaining a better understanding of their water use will be launched by Thames Water today.

The free water calculator is being demonstrated by the company’s water efficiency manager, Andrew Tucker, at the annual Waterwise conference in London.

The household calculator makes predictions based on responses to questions about how much water people use, in the home and garden. The answers then help to calculate energy use, from heating up water for things like showers and baths, and show how simple changes can lead to money off both bills.

Andrew Tucker said:

“Although we’ve previously had online calculators, the new one has been designed to reflect typical lifestyles and modern living based on feedback from our own customers. It’s also the first calculator of its kind to identify how much water a customer typically uses outside of their home, such as when showering at the gym. This gives everyone a better understanding of their real life daily water use.”

Nicci Russell, managing director of Waterwise, added:

“We really welcome Thames Water’s innovative and responsive approach to water efficiency. Its great new calculator, campaigning work, free fixes on leaky loos, and new ways of engaging with other players such as housing developers and water retailers, are really exciting. Thames Water works hard to support its customers and others to be more water efficient.”

An estimated extra 2.1 million people are due to move into the Thames Water region over the next 25 years. This, combined with climate change, means the company has predicted there will be a shortfall of 350 million litres of water a day between the amount available and the amount needed by 2045. By 2100, this is predicted to increase to 650 million litres a day.

Andrew Tucker added:

“The number of people living in our region is continuously growing but the amount of water available isn’t. We’re encouraging our customers to save water at home and at work by making very small changes, like fixing leaky-loos and taps, which can make a big difference.”

Nearly £8 million is given to Leicester for new transport schemes

Leicester’s £7.84 million grant is the result of the city council’s successful bid for a share of £60 million of DfT funding for schemes in 2019/20.

Leicester, UK has been awarded nearly £8 million of Department for Transport funding for a range of city transport schemes.

The bid has secured investment for two major projects, focusing on creating an extensive cycling network and bike-hire scheme, and bringing in a fleet of electric buses on one of the city’s three Park and Ride routes.

Around £6.25 million will fund the development of a network of high-quality walking and cycling links, which will connect the city centre to the universities, neighbourhoods and other key areas of the city.

Some £500,000 of that will be used to create a new public bike-hire scheme, with approximately 500 bikes available for hire from more than 50 docking stations across the city.

It is hoped the bike-hire scheme will be up and running in late 2019.

A further £1.6 million has been agreed to electrify the Park and Ride service running between Birstall and the city centre, along with the associated infrastructure allowing the electric vehicles to be charged overnight.

The service is designed to cut congestion on the busy A6 corridor, working with the bus company to replace existing diesel vehicles with new electric buses to help cut air pollution in the city.

In addition to nearly £8 million of DfT funding, the city council and partners will contribute funding for the schemes.

City Mayor, Peter Soulsby, said: “This announcement is fantastic news and allows us to move ahead with these two very significant and ambitious sustainable transport schemes, which offer real, clean alternatives to car travel in the city as well as improved transport links.

“The prospect of a bike-hire scheme is a very interesting one, which could make a real difference to the way people travel within the city. Electrifying the Park and Ride services, starting with the route from Birstall, is a huge step forward in using clean and efficient technology in public transport.”

Currently, about 17,000 daily cycle trips are made in and out of the city. As part of the successful DfT bid, work will now take place to develop better cycling and walking routes both to the north and south of the city centre, as well as more secure cycle parking.

Councillor Adam Clarke, Deputy City Mayor for Environment and Public Health, said: “Our bids, which the DfT has agreed to fund, are key to making sustainable transport in the city more accessible and more attractive to people. We are committed to improving air quality, cutting carbon emissions and further developing sustainable travel in the city, and we can now move forward with these ambitious schemes.”

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