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Still Paying For Mains Water?

20 November 2014 by Chloé Bleackley


Still Paying For Mains Water?


With the amount of rainfall we get in the United Kingdom, and if this past weeks anything to go by you're missing out on using rainwater as a free water resource. 

Water is essential for farming and many other uses, yet we often take it for granted. Using the rainwater that we are all guilty of watching fall straight down the drain and investing in a rainwater harvesting system could be the fastest return on investment you make. The system will quickly pay for itself and rainwater is: 

Rainwater can also be used for a multitude of purposes including private domestic usage such as washing machines, toilet flushing and garden watering. 

Our system has saved us a fortune over the years and we would like to help you do the same. 

The benefits are endless, that's why, we're sure you'd like to know about our new range of rainwater storage tanks. Our tanks range in size from as little as 150 litres to 30,000 litres so we'll have a tank to suit most of your applications. 

Our storage tanks are:

Different Rainwater Harvesting Applications

We are so confident in the quality of our new tanks that we've backed them with a solid 10 year guarantee for your reassurance.

Don't watch rainwater go straight down the drain. We don't get much for free in this world, so don't waste this free resource anymore!

Click here to Browse Rainwater Tanks


If you have any questions regarding our new rainwater tanks do not hesitate to contact us here.



Protect Your Pump From The No.1 Assassin: FROST!

03 October 2014 by Chloé Bleackley


It's officially October which means the cold nights are drawing in and it's time to wrap up as temperatures start to drop. What many don't realise is that your pump needs to stay warm too otherwise expensive failures are prone to occur!

Many of you will have come to rely on your pump working effectively for your home or business. That's why, we wanted to give you some handy hints and tips to protect your pump from frost damage. We're giving you these tips early so you can put measures in place before temperatures really do slump. 

Steps to protect your pump from frost damage are easier than you think: 

  1. Insulation Is Essential!
    This can be done by simply wrapping your pump in bubble wrap but be careful not to restrict the airflow around the motor. The likes of Grundfos and Ebara manufacture insulation shells for some of there pumps - something such as this could certainly save your pump from frost damage and save on your operating costs too!

  2. Keep Your Pump Switched On.
    This will keep the fluids circulating; keeping the liquids moving will lower the freezing point but be careful not to run your pump against a closed head as this will cause damage by over-heating. 

  3. Drain The System.
    All pumps have a drain plug at the lowest point but remember your control equipment and any pipe work will have to be drained as well. 

  4. If Temperatures Really Drop Leave A Small Heater Switched On Closeby.
    This is an extreme protection method but effective if temperatures drop well below freezing and your pump isn't insulated. Leaving a small heater switched on close by will certainly add protection. 

Using some of these protection methods could really save your pump this Winter. I would urge you to consider setting these up earlier rather than later!

If you have any questions regarding this subject do not hesitate to contact us here



Do You Really Know If Your Drinking Water Is Safe?

PART 3, Finale

18 August 2014 by Chloé Bleackley


Over the past few week we've uploaded a series of blogs showing some of the ways you can protect your water from contaminants and impurities. You may have considered some of these clean water initiatives but not taken action, maybe that's because you don't know the current quality of your water?

Your water supply could be contaminant free, and completely safe to drink, which is great! But your water could be polluted with bacteria, sediments and impurities.

How do I know if my drinking water is safe?

Sometimes sypmtoms can be obvious like an unusual scent or a change in colour but sometimes there are no symptoms at all to show how pure your drinking water is.

That's where we come in, we have launched a new water testing service whereby we can test your water for the 5 most common forms of bacteria and 20 most common chemicals. If we find anything we'll provide you with a full detailed report with recommendations for any remedial treatment required. 

How does the service work?

1. We'll send you a water sampling kit containing 6 sterile bottles which we require you to fill with the water (full instructions included within the kit).

2. Let us know the day you plan to take the samples and we'll arrange for a courier to pick them up on the same day.

3. Your samples will be brought to our labatory where we will conduct our tests - all in line with the EU drinking water standard.

4. We will then provide you with a full detailed report of the results with recommendations.


If you have any questions regarding this new water testing service, do not hesitate to contact us here


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Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Water?


01 August 2014 by Chloé Bleackley


Water is a fundamental human need, and when our water is polluted with sediments, bacteria and other contaminants, it can make it taste and smell bad. It could also endanger your health. 

In our previous blog, we showed you some of the ways you can protect your private water supply from contaminants and impurities. Following the success of that blog, I wanted to share with you more protection methods, from other types of impurities found in water.


Limescale Removal

One of the less serious but irritating contaminants of water is Limescale. You'll have come across limescale build up across your home, it's that tough, stony, off-white crust at the bottom of your kettle or boiler, it's that unsightly layer which covers taps and hard surfaces. Whilst limescale isn't a health risk, it makes washing difficult as soap can-not lather as well, it can leave clothes looking dirtier than before they were washed and can leave household utensils looking dull over time. Limescale also contaminates water heaters and pipework reducing efficiency.

Our Power Gem Limescale Conditioner de-scales your entire water system and stops new limescale from forming. Limescale is very difficult (almost impossible) to move by hand, the Power Gem does all the work for you! It requires no plumbing, no chemicals and no maintenance.


Pesticide and Chemical

Before the 1940's most common pesticides contained heavy metals that did not readily dissolve in water, but today pesticide residue in drinking water may be on the rise because modern organic pesticides dissolve in water and can easily get into the water supply. Our standard and jumbo granular carbon filters can remove pesticides and volatile organic compounds from drinking water. For a limited time only, when you buy 4 of our jumbo filters or 6 of our standard filters, we'll give you 20% off the original price!*  


Iron Removal

Small amounts of iron are expected within drinking water, as iron is an essential element in our nutrition this isn't a bad thing! Extensive iron found within boreholes could be a problem for your pumping system, it can cause blockages and water can turn cloudy with an unusual scent. Fe-GON is our inexpensive remedy to treat iron oxide or manganese fouling. Fe-GON is supplied as a crystalline powder containing a powerful, naturally occuring chemical which will combine with the iron deposits to form a solution which can be pumped from a borehole or well. 

Fe-GON - Before & After Shots


Once again, I hope you've found the contents of this blog useful, and if you do have a private water supply I urge you to set up some of the clean water initiatives discussed in this blog. 


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Is Your Water Safe To Drink? 


17 July 2014 by Chloé Bleackley


Water can contain dirt, sediments, minerals, bacteria and other contaminants that can make it taste and smell bad. Some of these impurities could endanger your health, especially if your water contains micro-organisms and bacteria. Filtering your water is the most effective way to remove these impurities making your water safe to drink, whilst often improving taste. 


Sediment Removal

Our standard and jumbo spun polypropylene and washable nylon filters are ideal to remove leaves and other debris from water, along with dirt, silt and clay particles in water. These contaminants, called sediment, can cause an unpleasant taste but aren't usually a health risk. For a limited time only, when you buy 4 of our jumbo filters or 6 of our standard filters we'll give you 20% off the original price!* This bulk discount offer could save you up to £54.70. 


Reducing Chlorine

Most water ultility companies use chlorine to treat drinking water because it's a cheap, easy to use, effective method of killing many bacteria found in water. Whilst it's an effective disinfectant, chlorine can make water smell and taste unpleasant, and it can also react with some metals to form hazardous compounds. Our standard and jumbo granular carbon filters will prevent this, and similarly to our sediment filters above;  when you buy 4 of our jumbo filters or 6 of our standard filters, we'll give you 20% off the original price!*


Killing Micro-organisms 

It is essential to keep harmful bacteria and parasites from drinking water as these could cause serious illness. UV systems are fantastic, chemical free disinfection methods. If you already have one of these systems installed, don't forget that over time as your ultraviolet steriliser lamps age, the intensity of the UV dose degrades. This means that the system will progressively become ineffective. To maintain the correct dose, the lamps should be replaced annually. 


I hope you have found this blog post useful and if you do have a private water supply we have all the equipment you need to prevent impurities contaminating your drinking water, making it safe for you and your family to enjoy. 


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With thanks to Karen Garvin for some of the sourced information in this blog.
*Terms and Conditions apply.  



What could you do with an extra £4,000 a year?

27 March 2014 by David Critchley and Chloé Bleackley


Want to know how to save over £4,000 on your farms annual water bill?

That’s exactly what one of our customers has done through installing a groundwater recovery system to function and water his farm.

How does this work?

Our customer installed a simple shallow well using prefabricated concrete rings. He surrounded the rings with brick rubble to allow the ground water to seep into the well.

An Ebara IDROGO high pressure submersible pump was installed in the well and pipe work laid back to the farm.

Control equipment for the pump was installed in the dairy where the mains water pipe was cut off and connected to the pump system. The dairy is still run from mains water but the rest of the farm is feed from the well. A loose length of pipe is on stand-by so that the mains water can be quickly re-connected in case of failure of the well supply.


“While we’re milking, the pump runs the plate cooler and the warm water runs into a water trough outside. The cows like the warm water and they drink a lot more than they would if it was cold. The cows are re-using their own body heat so it’s got to save energy and ultimately feed costs”


Prior to installing this groundwater recovery system this farmer used mains water supply to function his farm. Since the installation, he’s saved £1,100 per quarter, that’s £4,400 annually!


“I can’t think of anything else we could do which would give such a quick return on investment”


Groundwater Recovery System




To find out more about how installing a groundwater recovery system could save you financially do not hesitate to contact us here with any questions, alternatively call one of our specialist advisors at 01777 871100.


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