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Looking after your Sewage Treatment Plant this Christmas

With the festive season upon us, guests arriving and the celebrations in full swing, please do keep in mind what you and any visitors are pouring or flushing down your drainage system into your Sewage Treatment Plant

Do’s

  • Follow manufacturers’ recommended doses for your water type when using household cleaning products. Soft water requires far less detergent concentration than hard water.
  • Try to use cleaning products little and often so your treatment plant is not overloaded.
  • Use liquids (not powders) in washing machines and dishwashers. Powders re-coagulate into clumps and can cause blockages.
  • Try to spread your clothes washing throughout the week.
  • Stick to the same washing, dishwasher and other cleaning products as the bacteria will work more efficiently with products it is used to treating.
  • Think before you put anything down the sink, toilet or drains.
  • Desludge your plant when required.

Click HERE to view our one-page KEE EXPERT guide on proficient desludging and how regularly your unit should be desludged.

  • Ensure only toilet paper is flushed down the toilet and used in normal quantities.
  • Leave your plant switched on while you are away or on holiday. Switching off your plant can cause damage to the motor and moving parts as well as kill the biomass.
  • Compost all your organic food waste or use your local council bio–degradable waste recycling service (where applicable) to dispose of organic waste. Do not flush organic waste down the sink or drain.

Don’ts

  • Don’t put sanitary towels, tampons, cotton wool or cotton wool buds, incontinence pads or any baby, cleaning or facial wipes down the toilet.
  • Don’t flush rubber products or other non-biodegradable products down the toilet.
  • Don’t pour fat, grease or cooking oil down the sink or drains. Fats suffocate the bacteria and inhibit the biological process. Everyday products such as milk, wine or beer increase the organic load and should also not be disposed of through the wastewater system.
  • Don’t use neat disinfectant or bleach. KEE recommends that these products are only used at the minimum concentration possible, as they can restrict the biomass growth within the plant.
  • Don’t tip medicine, mouth wash or any chemicals such as photographic fluid or garden products (e.g. Insecticides, weed killers and fungicides) down the drains as they will damage the biological treatment process.
  • Don’t pour DIY products (e.g. paint, thinners, turpentine and white spirit etc.) or car fluids such as engine oil, anti-freeze, brake fluid etc. down the drains.
  • Don’t allow rainwater, groundwater or large volumes of water (such as those from a swimming pool or Jacuzzi) into the plant. Chlorine kills the bacteria and the excessive water will increase the flow rate through the plant, not allowing sufficient treatment time.
  • Don’t fit a waste disposal unit under your kitchen sink. Disposing of organic matter through the treatment system increases the organic load, creating bacterial overgrowth which will inhibit the treatment process. Only use a waste disposal unit if your plant is specifically designed to accept higher organic loads.

For more information or to arrange a tankering visit, please call our KEE Services team on 01296 634500 or visit our KEE Services website.

KEE News – It’s all change in 2020! What do the latest septic tank regulations mean for you?

“Septic tank regulations” – I agree it’s not an opening phrase that would make many people read on, but if you have a septic tank on your property, then you might just need to read on.

Given what goes into a septic tank, it’s understandable why the Environment Agency is keen to make sure that it stays in the tank, instead of in the local stream. So, there are a lot of rules and regulations surrounding septic tanks, from where you can put them to where and how the water can be discharged.

The latest regulations came out in 2015, and are called `General binding rules: small sewage discharge to surface water’.  It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but it’s a very important document for many property owners and worth a read.

In the past, you could discharge the separated waste water from your septic tank in one of two ways:

  1. To a drainage field or soakaway system – here, the waste water percolates through holes or slots from the pipework, into a soak away (pit filled with rubble or course stones) and then discharged into the surrounding sub-soils.
  2. To a watercourse – the waste water would flow through a sealed pipe straight to a local watercourse such as a stream or a river.

So, what’s changed?

From the 1st of January 2020, you will not be able to discharge your wastewater into a watercourse.  The reason for this is because the `quality’ of the waste water is no longer considered clean enough for our wildlife or rivers.

This isn’t an entirely a new rule as for some years now, property owners installing a new septic tanks have not been able to discharge into a watercourse.  However, if your property had an existing septic tank discharging into a watercourse, you were able to carry on unless the Environmental Agency identified that it was causing contamination.

So, if you are looking to sell your property between now and 2020 you will be required to ensure your Septic Tank meets the new regulations before you sell.

So what are the options?

There are three main ways in which you can comply with the new regulations:

  1. Connect to mains drainage system
  2.  Install a sewage treatment plant – Sewage treatment plants clean and filter the wastewater to remove harmful toxins and impurities, making the wastewater clean enough to discharge straight into a watercourse.
  3. Install a drainage field or soakaway – This will take the waste water from your septic tank, and disperse it safely into the ground without causing pollution. However, space is required as a soakaway must be located at least 5 meters away from any property and at least 6 meters away from a Public Highway.

To conclude, if you do not have the space to install a soakaway on your land and are not close enough to a mains sewage system to get connected then a Sewage Treatment Plant is your best option.

For more guidance or a quote, please contact KEE on 01296 634 500 or email sales@keeservices.com.

KEE Expert – Tankering and De-sludging Process Explained

To keep your wastewater treatment system in good order and operating efficiently, it is important to remove the accumulated ‘sludge’ from the plant on a periodical basis.

So how regularly does your plant require de-sludging?

There are two factors that require consideration before answering this question.

  • The size of your plant and the number of people it serves
  • How thoroughly the ‘de-sludging’ process is undertaken

Generally speaking a plant servicing a single house will require de-sludging once a year.
For larger units, the de-sludging schedule will depend on the inlet flow rate and the type of wastewater being treated. Your local KEE Engineer or our Customer Service Team will be able to advise you in this instance.

If your plant is not de-sludged properly when required, the silt and sediment in the bottom of the Primary Settlement Tank (PST), Final Settlement Tank (FST) and the floating crust on the top of these tanks will build up over time and cause performance issues and possible odours. Additionally incorrect de-sludging can damage the internal Baffles and Drive components resulting in expensive and unnecessary repairs.

De-sludging Process

  1. Break up the surface crust floating in Primary Settlement Tank (figure 1 and 2)  and remove the floating crust solids with the suction hose.
  2. Skim off and remove the crust floating in the FST (figure 3).
  3. Put the hose back into the Primary Settlement Tank and push it right down to the bottom of the tank. Frequently move the hose along the length of the tank to ensure all the settlement sludge is removed.

We recommend your plant is de-sludged approximately 7-10 days before your KEE Engineer is scheduled to complete a routine Maintenance Service. 

For more information or to arrange a tankering visit, please call our KEE Services team on 01296 634500 or visit our KEE Services website.

WHY CHOOSE KEE?


KEE was formed as a family run business back in 1955. Although the industry has changed significantly since then, KEE’s ‘family’ company culture continues to focus on ethical business values and an integrity and commitment to delivering high quality products and services to its customers.

KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the development, design, manufacture, installation, servicing, maintenance, refurbishment and operation of wastewater treatment systems and equipment.

Many of our customers today have been working with KEE for over 30 years which is a testament to the trust, loyalty and value our customers have in us as a supplier.

Operation, Service & Maintenance of Wastewater Equipment

  • KEE Engineers have decades of experience in maintaining of all types of sewage treatment equipment and pumping stations, providing peace of mind that your equipment is in safe hands.
  • KEE operate to the highest standards of practice. We are BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management accredited in the commissioning, servicing, maintaining and operating of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment systems. Our Service Technicians are DBS checked and British Water accredited.
  • KEE believes in creating the very best products to protect the environment. Our KEE designers undertake on-going research and development to continue delivering process and cost efficiencies using the very latest advancements in design technology. For example, this year we launched a new Tertiary Filter and UV light disinfection system for the KEE NuDisc-R® which offers superior wastewater quality discharge.
  • KEE Engineers only fit genuine KEE approved parts, selected for their quality, durability and value for money.
  • KEE’s annual ‘Maintenance Service’ includes a comprehensive 127 point checklist report, providing a full analysis of the electrical, mechanical and operational condition and performance of your plant.
  • KEE’s Service Managers and Engineers offer professional advice on looking after your plant, controlling maintenance costs and avoiding expensive damage to your equipment.
  • KEE design and undertake bespoke and standard plant refurbishments and upgrades, meeting the changing needs of our customers and the environment.

An ‘End-to-End’ Service Solution

KEE Services offer a range of maintenance, operation and breakdown services for all types of treatment plant and pumping equipment, from all manufacturers.

  • Annual Plant Electrical & Mechanical Service and Maintenance Assessment
  • Sewage and Wastewater Plant Management and Operation
  • Planned Preventative Maintenance
  • Nationwide 24hr Emergency Call-Out
  • Plant and Equipment Breakdown Repair
  • UKAS Accredited Laboratory Effluent & Water Sampling
  • Tankering and Jetting Advice, Scheduling and Operational ‘Supervision’ Service
  • New Plant Supply, Installation and Commissioning
  • Forecourt Services
  • KEE Approved Spares and Replacement Parts
  • Commercial and Domestic Sewage Systems
  • Grease Management via Dosing/Physical Removal
  • Domestic and Industrial Plant Hire and Rental

KEE know that professional maintenance will extend the life of your plant and minimise the risk of serious damage and breach of environmental consents.

Our nationwide team of directly employed regionally based KEE engineers are trusted by over 6,000 customers.

So . . .  whether you have a single, or multi-site operation across the UK, KEE can design and deliver a tailored service solution to meet your requirements and liaise with the Environment Agency on your behalf if required.

For more information, please call Julie or Natasha on
01296 634500 or email us at sales@keeservices.com

           

 

KEE Parts and Service, Maintenance and Operation

KEE Services Limited Online Shop for WwT Plant spares

KEE Services Ltd – offers maintenance, breakdown services and plant operation for all types of treatment plant and pumping equipment, from all manufacturers. KEE technicians are trained in long-term servicing and look after 8,000 installations in the UK. KEE also operate ‘out-of-hours’ 24 hour call centre.

KEE Wastewater Treatment Systems can be configured for BOD removal and/or nitrification and/or de-nitrification and can include a built-in or modular physical-biological tertiary filter. UV disinfection can also be included into the packaged plant to enable non-portable water re-use.

KEE Process Logo  KEE Services Logo

KEE PROCESS LIMITED and KEE SERVICES LIMITED

KEE is a globally recognised brand operating within in the industrial, commercial and domestic wastewater treatment industries. KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture, install, commissioning, operation, refurbishment, repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and equipment, including:

  • Fixed Film Reactors: Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs), Packaged RBC Systems, Moving Bed Biological Reactors (MBBR) and Submerged Aerated Filters (SAF).
  • Suspended Growth Reactors: Extended Aeration, Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), Oxidation Ditch, IFAS process technologies and Anaerobic Biological Reactor (ABR) for high strength industrial waste.
  • ‘Turn Key’ Solutions: Technical Design, Project Appraisal & Management, Process Engineering, Plant Installation & Operation, Equipment Refurbishment & Upgrades and Plant Rental. KEE also provide approved spares and ancillary products such as Final Clarifiers and Settlement Tanks.

KEE Services Ltd specialise in maintenance & repair services for all makes and types of wastewater treatment systems & pumping stations. Our nationwide team of directly employed, regional engineers and technicians are KEE trained, DBS checked and British Water Certified.

KEE Bio-Guard, the biological solution against Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG).

The Biological Solution against Fat, Oil and Grease.

To maintaining a clear water flow from Fat, Oil and Grease KEE Bio-Guard ensures:

  • Prevention of unpleasant odours
  • Elimination of expensive call-outs
  • Free running drains
  • Conformity with effluent discharge regulations
  • An environmentally friendly response to pollution
  • Peace of mind.

KEE Bio-Guard is a long-lasting solution which needs little further maintenance. Completely biodegradable, and is safe to use in the kitchen environment

KEE Bio-Guard is the biological alternative to prevent blocked drains, offensive smells and maintenance of grease traps.

 

KEE Wastewater Treatment Systems can be configured for BOD removal and/or nitrification and/or de-nitrification and can include a built-in or modular physical-biological tertiary filter. UV disinfection can also be included into the packaged plant to enable non-portable water re-use.

KEE Process Logo  KEE Services Logo

KEE PROCESS LIMITED and KEE SERVICES LIMITED

KEE is a globally recognised brand operating within in the industrial, commercial and domestic wastewater treatment industries. KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture, install, commissioning, operation, refurbishment, repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and equipment, including:

  • Fixed Film Reactors: Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs), Packaged RBC Systems, Moving Bed Biological Reactors (MBBR) and Submerged Aerated Filters (SAF).
  • Suspended Growth Reactors: Extended Aeration, Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), Oxidation Ditch, IFAS process technologies and Anaerobic Biological Reactor (ABR) for high strength industrial waste.
  • ‘Turn Key’ Solutions: Technical Design, Project Appraisal & Management, Process Engineering, Plant Installation & Operation, Equipment Refurbishment & Upgrades and Plant Rental. KEE also provide approved spares and ancillary products such as Final Clarifiers and Settlement Tanks.

KEE Services Ltd specialise in maintenance & repair services for all makes and types of wastewater treatment systems & pumping stations. Our nationwide team of directly employed, regional engineers and technicians are KEE trained, DBS checked and British Water Certified.

KEE Primary and Final Settlement Tanks

Primary and Final Settlement Tanks

GRP Hopper Bottom Settlement Tanks – KEE produce a wide range of Structural or Semi-structural Hopper Bottom GRP Settlement Tanks for small wastewater treatment plants.

KEE Wastewater Treatment Systems can be configured for BOD removal and/or nitrification and/or de-nitrification and can include a built-in or modular physical-biological tertiary filter. UV disinfection can also be included into the packaged plant to enable non-portable water re-use.

KEE Process Logo  KEE Services Logo

KEE PROCESS LIMITED and KEE SERVICES LIMITED

KEE is a globally recognised brand operating within in the industrial, commercial and domestic wastewater treatment industries. KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture, install, commissioning, operation, refurbishment, repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and equipment, including:

  • Fixed Film Reactors: Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs), Packaged RBC Systems, Moving Bed Biological Reactors (MBBR) and Submerged Aerated Filters (SAF).
  • Suspended Growth Reactors: Extended Aeration, Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), Oxidation Ditch, IFAS process technologies and Anaerobic Biological Reactor (ABR) for high strength industrial waste.
  • ‘Turn Key’ Solutions: Technical Design, Project Appraisal & Management, Process Engineering, Plant Installation & Operation, Equipment Refurbishment & Upgrades and Plant Rental. KEE also provide approved spares and ancillary products such as Final Clarifiers and Settlement Tanks.

KEE Services Ltd specialise in maintenance & repair services for all makes and types of wastewater treatment systems & pumping stations. Our nationwide team of directly employed, regional engineers and technicians are KEE trained, DBS checked and British Water Certified.

KEE Dispersed Air Flotation Systems (DAF)

Dispersed Air Flotation Systems

KEE Microfloat® Dispersed Air Floatation Technology – for pre-treatment of industrial and food processing wastewater to reduce FOG, BOD, COD & SS. The KEE Microfloat® system produces extremely fine bubbles (10µm to 50µm air bubbles without the use of a high-pressure pump, pressure vessel and venturi) into the water to float the light fractions.

KEE Wastewater Treatment Systems can be configured for BOD removal and/or nitrification and/or de-nitrification and can include a built-in or modular physical-biological tertiary filter. UV disinfection can also be included into the packaged plant to enable non-portable water re-use.

KEE Process Logo  KEE Services Logo

KEE PROCESS LIMITED and KEE SERVICES LIMITED

KEE is a globally recognised brand operating within in the industrial, commercial and domestic wastewater treatment industries. KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture, install, commissioning, operation, refurbishment, repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and equipment, including:

  • Fixed Film Reactors: Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs), Packaged RBC Systems, Moving Bed Biological Reactors (MBBR) and Submerged Aerated Filters (SAF).
  • Suspended Growth Reactors: Extended Aeration, Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), Oxidation Ditch, IFAS process technologies and Anaerobic Biological Reactor (ABR) for high strength industrial waste.
  • ‘Turn Key’ Solutions: Technical Design, Project Appraisal & Management, Process Engineering, Plant Installation & Operation, Equipment Refurbishment & Upgrades and Plant Rental. KEE also provide approved spares and ancillary products such as Final Clarifiers and Settlement Tanks.

KEE Services Ltd specialise in maintenance & repair services for all makes and types of wastewater treatment systems & pumping stations. Our nationwide team of directly employed, regional engineers and technicians are KEE trained, DBS checked and British Water Certified.

KEE Surface Mounted Fine Bubble Aeration Systems

Surface Mounted Fine-Bubble-Aeration Systems

KEE Triton Aerator/Mixer – The KEE Triton is an energy efficient, dual mode mixer/aerator processor that is capable of nitrification and de-nitrification in one unit. With two propellers and a regenerative blower, the Triton is able to operate either as an anoxic mixer or an aerator/mixer for basins up to 10m deep. The Triton can introduce vital mixing, supplemental aeration or aeration system upgrade to revitalise existing activated sludge treatment plants configured as extended aeration system in circular or rectangular tanks or oxidation ditch configuration to improve plant performance or increase capacity or save energy.  Aeration system upgrade does not require plant decommissioning.

KEE Wastewater Treatment Systems can be configured for BOD removal and/or nitrification and/or de-nitrification and can include a built-in or modular physical-biological tertiary filter. UV disinfection can also be included into the packaged plant to enable non-portable water re-use.

KEE Process Logo  KEE Services Logo

KEE PROCESS LIMITED and KEE SERVICES LIMITED

KEE is a globally recognised brand operating within in the industrial, commercial and domestic wastewater treatment industries. KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture, install, commissioning, operation, refurbishment, repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and equipment, including:

  • Fixed Film Reactors: Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs), Packaged RBC Systems, Moving Bed Biological Reactors (MBBR) and Submerged Aerated Filters (SAF).
  • Suspended Growth Reactors: Extended Aeration, Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), Oxidation Ditch, IFAS process technologies and Anaerobic Biological Reactor (ABR) for high strength industrial waste.
  • ‘Turn Key’ Solutions: Technical Design, Project Appraisal & Management, Process Engineering, Plant Installation & Operation, Equipment Refurbishment & Upgrades and Plant Rental. KEE also provide approved spares and ancillary products such as Final Clarifiers and Settlement Tanks.

KEE Services Ltd specialise in maintenance & repair services for all makes and types of wastewater treatment systems & pumping stations. Our nationwide team of directly employed, regional engineers and technicians are KEE trained, DBS checked and British Water Certified.

KEE Activated Sludge Systems

Activated Sludge Systems

Extended Aeration (EA) and Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) – KEE Process EA and SBR systems can be packaged or customised to suit domestic and industrial wastewater. The customised plants are modular construction enabling phased construction and extensions as flows and loads increase. Plants can be readily adapted for nutrients removal (nitrogen or phosphorus).

KEE Wastewater Treatment Systems can be configured for BOD removal and/or nitrification and/or de-nitrification and can include a built-in or modular physical-biological tertiary filter. UV disinfection can also be included into the packaged plant to enable non-portable water re-use.

KEE Process Logo  KEE Services Logo

KEE PROCESS LIMITED and KEE SERVICES LIMITED

KEE is a globally recognised brand operating within in the industrial, commercial and domestic wastewater treatment industries. KEE’s specialist knowledge and expertise is derived from over 60 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture, install, commissioning, operation, refurbishment, repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and equipment, including:

  • Fixed Film Reactors: Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs), Packaged RBC Systems, Moving Bed Biological Reactors (MBBR) and Submerged Aerated Filters (SAF).
  • Suspended Growth Reactors: Extended Aeration, Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), Oxidation Ditch, IFAS process technologies and Anaerobic Biological Reactor (ABR) for high strength industrial waste.
  • ‘Turn Key’ Solutions: Technical Design, Project Appraisal & Management, Process Engineering, Plant Installation & Operation, Equipment Refurbishment & Upgrades and Plant Rental. KEE also provide approved spares and ancillary products such as Final Clarifiers and Settlement Tanks.

KEE Services Ltd specialise in maintenance & repair services for all makes and types of wastewater treatment systems & pumping stations. Our nationwide team of directly employed, regional engineers and technicians are KEE trained, DBS checked and British Water Certified.