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Top tips to avoid the disruptive impact of the winter on your business

Neil Connolly

21 Dec 18


Top tips to avoid the disruptive impact of icy, freezing and snowy conditions on your business

Freezing conditions can cause serious disruption and, in some cases, severe damage to your site’s infrastructure and equipment. Additionally, the access restrictions caused by the adverse weather conditions will make it even more difficult to recover from a plant failure.

There are a few key considerations and preventative steps that can be taken to help avoid issues arising, or having the need to call on support to overcome an operational issue. Especially, at a time when demand may be high and operational ability is impaired due to winter conditions.

Top Tips to keep you operational and compliant this winter:

    • Enter the period with waste storage tanks at a minimum to avoid the need for them to be emptied during difficult winter road conditions
    • Ensure all bunds are clean and empty of rainwater (as per usual good practice) - in icy conditions they will create a slippery surface for site personnel.
    • Wherever possible drain down pipework and leave valves open overnight to avoid fractures and valve seizing in sub-zero temperatures.
    • If you believe you may have issues with pipelines and drainage channels, have a CCTV survey completed or jet clean the drain in advance of freezing conditions. Debris is harder to remove when frozen and increases the chances of pipework fracturing.
    • Consider installing trace heating and lagging on critical elements of your site.
    • Some chemicals can freeze or solidify at temperatures above freezing. Ideally, these should be stored inside buildings or storage units throughout the winter period.
    • Melted snow can cause rapid increases in  effluent entering a treatment plant. Be aware of this and ensure that storm water storage and contingency tanks are clean and ready to accept excess water.
    • Check that any telemetry units are fully operational, especially on trickling filter rotation sensors and flow meters as these will alert if snow or ice may have stopped filter bed distributors or if pipes have frozen. 
    • Cold temperatures can cause significant nitrification issues on effluent treatment plants (especially on trickling filters), leading to a loss of treatment. Regular monitoring of performance should be carried out to adjust the plant operation accordingly and plan for additional tanker support if required.
    • Empty waste tanks and bunds, and complete required jetting and cleaning work now to avoid aborted jobs and delays.

Alpheus offer a professional Operation and Management service for water assets, with all the experience and skills you can expect from an Anglian Water Group company.

We can also supply fully regulated and managed disposal routes for your wastes through our Waste Management and Recycling department, and have access to professional tankering and jetting services, to supply a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible solutions to our customers, with just one call.

To get in touch with our Waste Management & Recycling team or our Operation and Management Team just call us on 01234 686100 or Click here for more information.



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