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Spring showers21.05.16

So much for May being the new August… we were totally caught out in the torrential spring weather this month but soldiered on and managed a fantastic result for a delightfully positive client…

Dear Brad and Team,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for all the work you did earlier this month to install our new ‘Diamond‘.  I didn’t realise you’d put grass-seed up near the house as well!  The ground is now beginning to dry out again so we no longer have standing water over your lovely landscaping. Thank you also for the extra gravel on the path around the kitchen, re-erecting the fence to keep the dog in and generally being amazingly tidy (I don’t know how you managed it considering the downpours).

Best regards,

Happy client.

The hot-tubs are non-negotiable…08.03.16

WCI have been retained to provide specialist drainage and wastewater treatment services to the development of a large hotel and leisure development in Torbay. Working alongside the lead architect, WCI are responsible for providing all pre-construction design and planning of foul- and surface- water infrastructure before handling the tendering of the installation work.

Historically a gaming lodge to a wealthy Devonian family, the site has had many uses in its history including being a nightclub of some local significance, particularly for those born around 20 years ago. Under new ownership, ambitious new plans envisage redevelopment of the entire site to provide luxury leisure facilities including a hotel, a leisure centre, luxury apartments and 37 holiday lets… all with hot-tubs. Without mains sewerage, the challenge for WCI is to fit a sewage works and 250m3 of surface water attenuation to meet a 8 l/s discharge limit to the local brook. The site is heavily restricted by TPOs and access to the site is restricted by low overheads. Are the hot-tubs really necessary we asked?

The hot-tubs were non-negotiable. WCI’s job – to treat all the sewage and to attenuate all the rainwater and 40 tonnes of hot-tub water to a single point discharge at a high velocity minor watercourse with a short travel to the River Dart.

Given a shortage of space, WCI has designed all sewage and wastewater infrastructure to be located under carparks or roads. The combined discharge from the site is limited to 8 litres per second through the use of a series of surface water attenuation tanks to allow for the restricted access to the site. Structural reinforcing will allow for heavy vehicle traffic whilst providing the required access for service and maintenance to the below ground sewage works.

The result, a triumph of collaboration between architect and specialist designer and the rejuvenation of a historic site.

Press Release – Architects Datafile08.03.16

Specialist sewage engineers, WCI Sewage Treatment Ltd are regularly reminded that there are more myths than truths when it comes to private foul drainage. Whether its the professional community or those that have been on private drainage for years, the regulations, the options and the maintenance of private drainage systems are poorly understood. ‘what does a septic tank actually do’ might be reasonably well understood but ‘how often does a septic tank need emptying’, on the other hand, is rarely answered correctly. If you have questions about private drainage, why not talk to the experts?

Adoption of domestic pump stations22.02.16

Under The Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011, private sewers and lateral drains that were connected to the public sewer were adopted by the local Water Authority. However private pump stations were not included in this transfer.

Now, on the 1st October 2016, all domestic sewage pump stations that were constructed before 1st July 2011, serve more than one household or are located outside of the property boundary will be transferred into the ownership of the local Water Authority. Until this time, the owner of the pump station will continue to be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the pump station.

If you have any questions regarding your private pump station, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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