Villages Connected To Mains Sewage Treatment
Mains sewage treatment is being brought to three villages in Slovenia for the first time with the help of a packaged treatment plant manufactured in the UK.
Hampshire-based, WPL, has been selected to produce the custom-made plant for the villages of Zdenska Vas, Mala Vas and Cesta in an EU-funded project.
Three High Performance Aerated Filter (HiPAF) units operating as a single treatment system at Zdenska Vas will be connected to a new mains sewerage system, ending the reliance of the villagers on septic tanks.
Central European Sales Manager Frantisek Mikulinec of WPL said:
“In countries such as Slovenia and the Czech Republic there are thousands of small remote villages and many are not connected to a sewerage system. In small villages you can have very big fluctuation in flows throughout the day when people go to work. Also temperatures in winter can fall to as low as -15° C.
“The advantage of the HiPAF is that it can accommodate fluctuations in flow and temperature variations because submerged aerated filter (SAF) systems like the HiPAF adapt to loading changes more quickly than activated sludge flocs. Intensive nitrification can occur even when the temperature is low due to biofilm thickness.”
Approximately 70 per cent of the funding for the project comes from the European Union Cohesion Fund – which supports infrastructure projects. A further 30 per cent comes from the local government, which appoints the designer for the new sewerage systems.
Work on the Zdenska Vas and Mala Vas projects has been completed with work in Cesta expected to take place in early March 2016.
Mikulinec said strong local connections helped the UK company secure the contract as well as the proven reliability of the core process. WPL has more than 20 years experience of manufacturing packaged plants. The company specialises in custom-made plants which can treat to the highest environmental standards, including sub-2mg per litre ammoniacal nitrogen and total nitrogen where required.
Avant compact loaders for Diggerland
Avant Tecno (UK) has received an order for 20 of its model 520 models from Kent based adventure park company Diggerland - the fmouse theme parks giving an opportunity for children to experience construction machines.
Once modified for safety reasons, four of the machines will be delivered to each Diggerland location around the UK, including a new site in Evesham due to open in July this year.
The Avant machine was first discovered by the manager of Diggerland’s Devon base who purchased one for his own use. Mr. Edeleanu saw how easy it was to operate and decided to trial one in the business.
Diggerland has now created a new attraction using the Avant machines called ‘StackAttack’ which requires the operator to stack as many tyres as possible in five minutes using an hydraulic grab attachment.