Category Archives: Wastewater Treatment Process Technologies

The Biological Solution against Fat, Oils and Grease (FOG) – KEE BioGuard the grease digester

 

KEE BioGuard - The Biological Solution against Fat, Oils and Grease

The biological solution against fat, oils and grease that ensures a clear flow to preventing blocked drains.

With the ever increasing changes and tightening of regulations regarding the safe disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG), the maintenance and management of Grease Traps and Grease Separators has become a regular part of our customers’ waste removal service requirement.

For many catering establishments such as, pubs, hotels and restaurants, the build up of FOG is an everyday occurrence, due to food preparation and dish washing.

Left untreated, it can lead to a mixture of problems, many of which can result in bad smells, hygiene worries, unhappy customers, environmental issues, costly emergency call outs and lost revenues.

FOG does not dissolve in water, it floats on the surface and coats drain walls, pump wells and grease separators. If left untreated, it accumulates, solidifies and can eventually form what is known as  ‘Fatbergs’  in the wastewater drainage system.

Although equipment such as Grease Separators and Grease Traps will separate the grease from the wastewater, the regular cost and hasstle of removing and disposing of the grease remains an on-going maintenance issue.

KEE’s Bioguard system is different as it dissolves the fats, oil and grease by ‘digesting the grease’ and dismantling the cellular composition of the FOG permanently.

The great news is that KEE’s Bioguard system is small, compact, quick and easy to install and the solution is 100% biodegradable, making it safe to use in the kitchen environment, protecting the health and welfare of your staff.

 KEE BioGuard unit

The unit fixes to the wall offering trouble free maintenance.

 

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For more information visit our website or call KEE Services on:
01296 634500

KEE Reminder – It’s All Change in January 2020

What do the new Septic Tank Regulations mean to you?

Back in November 2017, we wrote a blog advising all our customers of the change in Septic Tank Regulations which come into effect on the 1st January 2020. If you have a Septic Tank at home or at work and it’s discharging into a river, stream or surface water, we recommend that you take action now and review replacing it with a Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet the new EA regulations coming into force on the 1st January 2020.

Discharges from septic tanks directly to surface water will no longer be allowed under the general binding rules.

To help guide you on the new regulations, please read our last blog on the subject here  and the click on the link to the current Gov.UK webpage on the subject here

 

 

 

KEE Process & KEE Services specialise in Wastewater Treatment Plants so if the changes in regulations apply to you then please do give us a call on 01296 634500 as soon as possible so we can help guide you through the process and advise you on the best approach to meet your requirements and EA regulations.

Here at KEE we don’t just focus on recycling wastewater.

Well . . .

. . . we do as a business . . . but our passion for recycling resonates throughout the company.

This month, we wanted to feature some examples showing the imaginative ways in which KEE’s waste shredded paper and pallets are being used in the local community to help improve the local environment.

Recycling KEE Shredded paper and mixing it with grass cuttingsTom works for a company caring for cancer patients. He uses the shredded paper to help break up the soil mass in the gardens. As you will see from the picture he sent in, Tom mixes the shredded paper with grass cuttings and leaves it to mulch down ready for digging into the soil in Autumn. This helps to lighten the soil and improve its texture and absorbency.

KEE Shredded paper being recycled and used as bedding for sick animals

Our waste shredded paper is also used by a local lady who takes in sick animals from a local vet and nurses them back to health at her home. She uses the paper for animal bedding to not only help keep the area nice and clean for the animals but it also provides a soft, cosy bed for them to sleep on at night! When the paper is soiled and needs changing, it all goes straight into the composter and is recycled once again.

Recycling of KEE pallets to make a fence around an allotmentTom has also been busy recycling our pallets to make a fence around his allotment. There has been a lot of interest from local people wanting to recycle our pallets recently so hopefully; later on in the year we will be able to show you some more great examples of how our pallets have been used to create something new.

Visit the keegroup website for full information on our services and technologies or phone 01296 634500.

Don’t want to pay for a new treatment plant – why not refurbish your old one?

KEE Process and KEE Services Limited have been commissioned to refurbish and update countless old and tired treatment plants. The example shown below is of a unit located in a small Welsh Village. The ageing plant was proving unreliable and not performing efficiently so KEE designed and built a KEE NuDisc® to replace and update the old treatment plant. 

Refurbishment of old BioDisc

KEE’s upgrade solution was – KEE NuDisc® Technology.

Often the structural housing of a wastewater plant can be re-used, meaning the internal components are replaced with brand new factory built KEE systems, incorporating the latest concepts in mechanical, structural and process engineering.

Refurbishments of this kind extend the life of the plant by another 20 years, drastically reducing the overall lifetime cost when compared to installing a brand new plant.

KEE’s Service technicians complete a full refurbishment suitability survey to assess the compatibility of each plant for an upgrade. This is applicable to all manufacturer makes of wastewater treatment plants and not just those designed, and produced by KEE. Water Authority sites have proved popular with refurbishments, reducing Water Authority spending and providing brand new refurbished treatment plants which are fully compliant to the relevant Authority specification.

Refurbishments remove the costly civil work elements associated with complete plant replacement.

Utilising current process equipment can often increase the treatment capabilities of the existing system, therefore making the refurbished plant fit-for-purpose for increased flows and loads, a problem which often occurs with old systems as more influent is added to it over their working life.

Following refurbishment KEE can continue to service, maintain and monitor the condition of the plant to keep it in good working order and performing efficiently.

Why Refurbish?

  • Minimises waste by only replacing the parts of the plant that need replacing.
  • Greatly reduces the volume and complexity of site works.
  • Less noise and general disturbance on site.
  • Minimises plant ‘downtime’. A refurbishment is generally quicker to complete than a new installation.
  • Incorporates the latest process design features and efficiencies such as KEE’s ‘managed flow’ system to protect the environment and meet wastewater consents and legislation.
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to find an alternative location for a new plant.
  • Extends plant lifespan by 20 years, at a fraction of the total cost of a new plant.

For more information on plant upgrades, refurbishments or new wastewater treatment systems, please visit our website or contact us on: 01296 634500

 

Local Service & Maintenance of Wastewater Treatment systems available Nationwide

KEE Services welcomed the arrival of a new fleet of vans last month, so our Engineers are ready to start this New Year with extra zest!

The unrivalled knowledge, sound mechanical, electrical and process experience plus invaluable application knowledge enables our engineers to identify problems with equipment early on and recommend the best solution. They have been involved in long-term care of over 8000 installations, maintaining all types and makes of wastewater treatment equipment.

KEE Services have over 60 years of knowledge and expertise in servicing wastewater installations and can tailor the service we provide to meet your requirements.

Our nationwide team of directly employed Engineers operate on a local and regional basis ensuring they have all the understanding of the local area conditions and legislation.

To book a service visit or for more information please contact us at http://www.keeservices.com/book-a-service.html

Call +44 (0) 1296 634 500 or visit our KEE Services website.

‘Out with the Old and in with the NuDisc’ at RSPB Headquarters, Bedfordshire

This month the RSPB have a shiny new KEE Wastewater Treatment Plant installed. This replacement KEE NuDisc® 20HR model and Twin Pump Station replaces their old G7 BioDisc Unit and Pump Station. The old plant was no longer suitable for their headquarters in Sandy due to the increasing staff numbers based on site and visitors attending the nature reserve.

The KEE NuDisc 20HR and Twin Pump Station that replace the old BioDisc

The KEE NuDisc 20HR and Twin Pump Station that replaces the old BioDisc

 

 

The old G7 BioDisc and Pump stations no longer fit for purpose

The old G7 BioDisc that’s no longer fit for purpose

For more information on KEE’s Wastewater Treatment Plants, or potential existing plant refurbishments or upgrades, please visit our KEE Process website or call us on 01296 634500

Specialists in Domestic & Industrial Wastewater Treatment

KEE Process exports another Wastewater Treatment Plant

KEE Process Exports

This month, KEE Process exports another Wastewater Treatment Plant. This one pictured below has  been exported  for installation in the Grand Cayman Islands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEE Process are known worldwide as a reputable supplier of Wastewater Treatment  Plants and our products are exported across the globe. Over the 60 years since the company was founded, we have also forged strong and lasting relationships with Global Agents operating in:

  • FRANCE
  • FINLAND
  • SWEDEN
  • SPAIN
  • NORWAY
  • CANADA
  • USA
  • LATIN AMERICA
  • CHINA
  • EAST ASIA
  • EAST, WEST AND NORTH AFRICA

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Global Agents and customers around the world for their support  and confidence in us as a supplier.

For more information on KEE exports and Global Agents, please visit our KEE Process website or contact our Head Office on 01296 634500.

Specialists in Domestic & Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Northern Ireland: Another Wastewater Treatment Process Plant successfully designed, manufactured and installed.

Newtown Crommellin – 45m3 PST + F13 RBC.

We have been supplying units for RWIP on this Northern Ireland project since 2008, and we are delighted to be part of another successful installation.

Within the KEE Group, KEE Process Limited design, manufacture and install all forms of Wastewater Treatment Technology and Processing Equipment. KEE Services Limited offer process operation, maintenance and breakdown services for all types and manufacturer makes of Wastewater Treatment equipment.

Please contact us on 01296 634 500 for more information on creating a project programme to suit your requirements.

 

KEE’s Commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Procurement and Fair Trade

One of KEE’s core company values focuses around Environmental Sustainability. As a business, we recognise our obligations to consider the environmental impact the materials we source and the products we produce have on the environment and, we aim to reduce the impacts & ensure environmental sustainability.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade. It’s about supporting the development of thriving communities so that they have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.

KEE Process Ltd & KEE Services Ltd aim to ensure that we will play our part in reducing risks:

  • Use fewer resources and less energy through continuous improvement and the use of innovative solutions.
  • Procure all timber and timber products from legal and sustainable sources, and procure with a preference other construction materials from recognised responsible sourcing schemes.
  • Specify and procure materials and products that strike a responsible balance between social, economic and environmental factors and generate benefits to society and the economy.
  • Use resource-efficient products and give due consideration to end-of-life uses.
  • Influence, specify and source increasing amounts of materials which can be reused, and consider future deconstruction and recovery of resources to embrace the circular economy to leave a sustainable legacy across the built environment.
  • Where possible, provide opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) increase the use of social enterprises, support local employment, diversity and training and work collaboratively with the voluntary sector, especially those near to our offices and operations.
  • Ensure that fair contract prices and terms are applied and respected, and that ethical, human rights and labour standards are met, in line with the United Nations Global Compact principles.
  • Source goods, works and services that embody our environmental policy, health & safety policy and support the delivery of our Sustainable Development Strategy.

We believe our commitment to these values is one of a number of ways in which KEE, everyone within the company, and all our customers can demonstrate social, environmental and economic responsibility. Our business like all others changes and evolves over time, but our core values remain the same.

For more information, please call 01296 634500 or visit our website.

 

 

 

 

Benefits of a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) approach to managing your Wastewater Treatment Equipment.

“ A maintenance strategy is necessary to ensure the smooth running of business operations. As well as giving a business better control over its asset and maintenance costs, a clear maintenance strategy helps to ensure statutory compliance and adherence to company policies. ”
Ian Short. KEE Services Business Development Manager.

An unplanned, reactive maintenance approach may lead to lower maintenance costs up front and less time spent on planning and performing maintenance in the short term, but that’s about where the benefits end. The cost of replacing failed components, equipment and emergency call out work at short notice and/or outside of normal operating hours costs much more when the situation arises. Therefore not proactively planning your maintenance tends to be more costly in the longer term and causes much more disruption to your business fixing the problem once it has occurred.

Why maintain your equipment?

There are a number of key reasons a business should take the time to consider the maintenance needs of their Wastewater Treatment equipment:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Environmental surroundings
  • Ensuring a pleasant
  • Health and Safety obligations
  • Budget management
  • Reliability of equipment
  • Optimising asset use
  • Energy management
  • Business need

Proactive maintenance keeps you one step ahead of your equipment needs. In the same way that you would take your car for regular servicing rather than waiting for it to break down and incurring a large repair bill, it’s strongly advisable to maintain your equipment on a systematic basis.

PPM Strategy

PPM involves setting a maintenance schedule based on either calendar time or asset hours. This should also take into account factors specific to your business usage such as the environment in which it is operated and any legal waste consent requirements applicable.

A maintenance strategy takes the business’s maintenance aims and translates them into actions to support the company’s obligations, requirements and intentions. The strategy should include the following elements:

  • Setting of an appropriate budget
  • Carrying out risk assessments of equipment and processes
  • Establishing detailed regulatory, health and safety needs
  • Designing a resource and efficiency management strategy
  • Ensuring adherence to waste permit limits set by Environmental Agency.
  • Assessing the age of the equipment and whether any plants require refurbishment to extend plant longevity and minimise reactive maintenance.
  • Ensuring all maintenance work is completed by certified, registered companies appropriately insured and trained to complete the work.

PPM Programme

PPM is usually carried out with the support of a certified partner specialising in asset maintenance such as ourselves. Using our experience, we can provide a better insight into the condition of your assets. As a result, you can adopt a proactive maintenance programme designed specifically for your business and equipment thereby reducing the need for reactive maintenance.

Reactive maintenance may sometimes still be required, but a PPM plan will reduce the likelihood of this happening and will assist you in managing the maintenance budget with fewer surprises. Additionally, if a reactive engineer call out is required, KEE can check when the next planned Service Visit is due at your site and, where appropriate, arrange for the engineer to complete the ‘PPM Service’ on the plant at the same time, therefore minimising call out charges and site visits costs.

PPM also gives much greater control over the impact maintenance has on business operations because you can schedule when you wish maintenance to be completed based on when it will cause minimum disruption. For example, you can arrange a maintenance visit for a specific day when employees are available to provide access etc. Seasonal requirements can also be taken into account to ensure your Wastewater Treatment equipment is serviced and in full working order when needed most.

Following a maintenance program and documenting all work carried out also supports your legal compliance and provides evidence thereof (should it be required) in the event of system failure leading to harm or environmental damage.

KEE Services maintain all types and makes of Wastewater Treatment equipment. Please contact us on +44 (0) 1296 634 500 or visit our KEE Services website for more information on designing a PPM programme to suit your requirements.