7 reasons why reed bed maintenance is essential

Reed beds are natural filtration systems crucial for conserving water quality. However, like any other wastewater asset, they must be regularly looked after to do their job correctly.

Unfortunately, reed beds are often neglected until a problem occurs, such as a pollution incident.

Alastair Pentland, Environmental Operations Manager at Oren Environmental, has outlined the seven reasons why routine reed bed maintenance is essential.

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SEVERN TRENT SERVICES SUPPORTS ‘WATER SAVING WEEK’

It’s Water Saving Week 2024, an initiative hosted by Waterwise. This year, the focus is on highlighting the small changes everyone can make to have a big impact on water conservation.

 

Robin Phillips, Head of Sustainability at Severn Trent Services, says: “As part of our sustainability plan, we’re focussed on supporting our customers in reducing their environmental impact, which includes helping them save water. But as employees and householders ourselves, we also do what we can to conserve this precious resource during Water Saving Week and beyond!”

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Severn questions with Samad Abbaas from Aqualytix

As the month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims worldwide eagerly anticipate the celebration of Eid.

We’ve had the pleasure of catching up with Samad Abbaas, one of our Business Analysts, to learn about what he’s been up to during the religious month of Ramadan, and how he’s planning on celebrating Eid with his family.

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Severn questions with Ian Quarton at Severn Trent services

Suffolk-based Ian Quarton has been working at Severn Trent Services since 2019. He started as a jet vac driver and has since progressed to become a mechanical engineer.

In this interview, he speaks about his passion for continuous learning, his unwavering determination to fix things, and his pride in working in the water industry.

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It’s all feasible, says Carole from Severn Trent Services

Carole Manning is a Key Account Manager for Severn Trent Services and has been in the water industry for over a decade.

 

Having worked with many organisations that have private water and wastewater networks, she’s all too familiar with the challenges some face and is passionate about helping address them. One tool in her armoury is the Severn Trent Services Network Infrastructure Feasibility Study.

Carole says: “Today, like most organisations, our customers are worried about rapidly rising costs, changes in regulation, and operating more sustainably. These are problems that we pride ourselves on being able to help solve.

 

“Deploying network infrastructure feasibility studies helps us to gain a fantastic grasp of our customer’s networks and the issues we can proactively prevent and solve for them.”

 

Watch the video to hear about the benefits from Carole

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Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Living With Autism, Severn Questions with Mike Killingbeck

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. 

It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.

This week, as part of our celebrations, we have been speaking to Regional Service Delivery Manager, Mike Killingbeck, and he has kindly shared some of his experiences. Read his story below.

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Severn questions with Matt Booth at Severn Trent Services

Matt Booth is an instrumentation maintenance technician at Severn Trent Services, working in the mechanical, electrical, instrumentation control, and automation (MEICA) team.

He’s been with Severn Trent Services since 2021, lives in Halesowen, and outside of work, loves to ride his bike to the nearby velodrome, where he also coaches sessions for other cyclists.

We spoke to him about his role and how he and his colleague, Ash Adam, are helping to transform how water and wastewater assets are managed going forward.

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The common challenges that arise from refurbishing reed beds

Despite playing a vital role in water treatment, reed beds are often built and forgotten assets. Consequently, if any issue arises because a reed bed has been neglected – such as discharge consent failures or watercourse pollution incidents – proactive maintenance may not be possible, resulting in a complete refurbishment.

The reed bed refurbishment process can be expensive and lengthy, requiring several months of preparation beforehand and time to commission it afterwards once the work’s done.

To avoid refurbishment, reed beds should be routinely maintained over their lifespan – like any other water or wastewater asset. Otherwise, reed bed owners or managers face several unwieldy challenges that go hand in hand with a reed bed refurbishment.

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