UK water company United Utilities is deploying the first municipal scale UV-LED system from start-up Typhon Treatment
Microorganisms and bacteria to be eventually targeted by scaled-up tech
The world’s largest ultraviolet (UV)-LED technology system for municipal water disinfection will be installed in the UK.
Water company United Utilities (UU) has placed an order for a 28,000 m3/day drinking water plant system from start-up Typhon Treatment Systems following the signing of an eight-year, kit framework agreement.
When completed, this will be the first municipal-scale UV-LED system water treatment technology and the largest application in the world. Multiple base units from Typhon, providing 250 m3/hour (6000 m3/day), will be combined to enable the total capacity.
Typhon’s reactors will be installed in parallel downstream of the Cumwinton Water Treatment Works filtration gallery. Installed equipment will be fully integrated into the existing control and monitoring system.
In the future, United Utilities plans to use Typhon’s technology to treat for microorganisms or help remove taste and odour from drinking water and also, in separate installations, to treat bacteria in wastewater before returning it to the environment.
Installation and commissioning are slated for early 2020.
Tipping point on LED technology
The large-scale installation follows two trials between the companies. The first involved advanced oxidation process (AOP) for the removal on taste and odour and a second on disinfection. More details can be seen in the video below: