Water

Carbon Zero Consulting provides technical and regulatory consulting services related to all aspects of managing your water supply.

Our service is based on over 30 years multi-national experience of water and natural resource management. Whether it is exploration of a new source of water or managing an existing resource we are here to help you – and to save money!

Water Audit, Water Conservation Surveys and Water Bill Analysis

Example project: Notcutts Garden Centres – in conjunction with RM Water Services Ltd.

Our knowledge of water management and conservation will enable us to increase the efficiency of water used on your site and to lower your water cost. We can offer water audits and site assessments as well as water monitoring and conservation equipment designed to reduce consumption.

Every water supply company in the UK charges for the supply of water and disposal of waste water in a different way. Together with our associates we can provide un-paralleled ability to analyse your water bills to ensure you are paying the correct tariff – and negotiate at the right level if you are not.

Borehole Water Supply; Feasibility

Example project: Assessment of viability for borehole water supplies at 15 garden centres across central and northern England.

As a first step we will use our experience of UK hydrogeology to tell you whether or not you will find the amount and quality of water you require beneath your site. Within a few days of your query we can tell you if your site is suitable for a borehole in a clearly explained, no-nonsense manner.

Borehole Design and Installation

Example project: New borehole supplying water to a fishery in Shropshire, January 2012. Borehole design, drilling and testing completed within 1 month.

The UK is noted for its incredible range of hard rock and superficial geology. Nowhere else can you find such complexity and contrast within such a small area. We are experts in borehole design, from domestic to industrial scale, in all strata typically found in the UK from superficial sediments to hard rock.

We have excellent relations with the UK’s foremost drilling contractors. We can manage the process of drilling and testing of a new borehole to minimize risk, expense and disruption.

We also have sector leading expertise in borehole geophysical techniques that can help with borehole design and rehabilitation projects.

Abstraction Licensing

Example project: Management of a long term project to licence a new groundwater abstraction and vary existing licenses for a large University in the north west of England.

We provide pragmatic regulatory input to borehole projects from the smallest (un-licensed 20m³/day) projects to large commercial or industrial abstractions. As part of our work we provide a full abstraction licence application, licence trading and renewal service, acting as your agent throughout the Environment Agency process. We handle technical queries from the EA as required. Occasionally the process might require formulation and negotiation of a technical case to support an application. We have the skills and experience necessary to get the result you want.

Management and Maintenance of Existing Borehole Assets

Example project: continued input to the management of a 2-borehole system supplying all water to Nirvana Spa, England’s premier day spa. Also routine audit of water quality at the world heritage city of Bath’s famous hot springs spa; Thermae Bath Spa.

A borehole water supply is an important asset and should be treated as such. We have worked on boreholes that are well over 100 years old which provide as much high quality water as the day they were drilled – but this is only because they have been well maintained! Too often we come across boreholes that have fallen into disrepair or abandoned altogether – because they have not had the same attention or maintenance as all other plant in the factory. We develop programs of rehabilitation based on sound knowledge of borehole construction, geology, water chemistry and pumping regime. A well maintained borehole will save you money – for a very long time!

Environmental Permitting

Example project: Ground source heating/cooling schemes typically require an abstraction licence to take water from the ground and then a permit to re-inject the water to a different borehole. Carbon Zero Consulting has over 10 years experience of obtaining licences and permits for major commercial schemes in England, Scotland and Wales. We have helped companies including Vinci Construction, Wilkinson Stores, Kier, Turner & Townsend, Hoare Lea and many more.

Our input doesn’t just stop at abstraction. If you require a discharge (Environmental) Permit then we can help with the process of application and management of monitoring requirements.

Water and Wastewater Treatment

Example project: Assessment of viability of treating water from a pre-war borehole for a large, well known breakfast cereal manufacturer. Water is to be used for steam raising and hot CIP. Filtration, chemical dosing and Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination has been specified and shortly to be installed.

We have in-house expertise in all forms of water and wastewater treatment technologies ranging from ‘clean’ water conditioning systems such as media and/or membrane filtration, ion exchange and iron removal systems through to the most advanced high rate wastewater technologies such as bioreactors and membrane systems.

SUDS and Rainwater Harvesting

Example project: Carbon Zero Consulting has excellent relations with a UK-based manufacturer of rainwater harvesting hardware and systems. We can design and supply systems from domestic to the largest commercial scale. We can also assess the viability of rainwater and/or grey-water treatment systems of all scales.

Expertise in drainage assessment and control together with water chemistry, quality and treatment enables us to consider discharge water holistically and develop practical and pragmatic sustainable drainage solutions, acceptable to the regulator.