WPL Technical Director to present at CPD British Water workshop

WPL supports technical excellence for professionals within wastewater industry

  • Focus on properties – off mains sewerage up to 50 population equivalent
  • Fully CPD certified workshop counting towards your CPD hours
  • Event dates, Weds 22nd March (South) /Thurs 23rd March (North)

WPL Technical Director and convenor of the British Water Package Treatment Plant group (PTP), Andrew Baird, will be presenting at the British Water work shop at two locations in March 2017. This work shop will focus on sewerage infrastructure for off-mains drainage with the view to educate professionals within the waste industry on basic principles.

With each of us producing 140 litres of sewage and wastewater effluent each day, this could have a significant adverse impact on the environment if it is not discharged correctly or without treatment. In addition to pollution, unauthorised or accidental sewage discharges could be punishable with fines, imprisonment or both.

The invaluable knowledge of these basic principles that will be discussed, along with available solutions, higher efficiency of equipment and durability can help lead to compliance adherence and cost savings. In addition, adequate maintenance can avoid pollution and risk to human health.

Lloyd Martin, chief executive of British Water said, “Unauthorised discharge of untreated wastewater from residential and commercial buildings can cause environmental pollution and impact adversely on public health. It can also result in fines and even imprisonment for those individuals held responsible.

“In a first for British Water, the Sewerage Infrastructure Off-mains Workshops will share best practice in onsite treatment along with the innovative technologies, collaborative approaches and behavioural management strategies, which will help to achieve compliance and cost savings.”

Topics of interest to be covered include:

  • Regulation
  • Main sewerage systems (south work shop only)
  • Catchment pollution (north work shop only)
  • What is a septic tank?
  • What is a packaged treatment plant?
  • Design considerations and installation
  • Maintenance

Presentations from Environmental Agency, National Trust, United Utilities and WPL, amongst others within the industry.

 Who should attend?

  • Builders
  • Constructors
  • Building control officers
  • Regulators and local authorities
  • Landowners and facility managers
  • Septic tank and package treatment plant manufacturers’ and service providers
  • Individuals who are interested in best practice and diffuse pollution prevention

Details of the road show are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 22 March
Time: 11:00 – 15:00
Venue South: De vere Tortworth Estate, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 8HH


Date: Thursday 23 March
Time: 11:00 – 15:00
Venue North:  De vere Cranage Estate, Manor Lane, Cranage, Holmes Chapel CW4 8EW

Register for your place on the British Water website here.

Andrew Baird – WPL’s Technical Director

Andrew has worked for WPL since 2006 and has 28 years’ experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Andrew has a background in traditional engineering and technical business development and has worked on technical projects for BAE Systems, North West Water & Yorkshire Water to name a few.

Andrews’s commercial awareness goes hand in hand with his excellent knowledge in industrial effluent treatment and broad knowledge of Europe’s water and wastewater treatment needs in manufacturing and process industries.

Convenor of the British Water’s Packaged Treatment Plant Focus Group

Andrew is also the Convenor of the British Water’s Packaged Treatment Plant Focus Group. The Focus Group has been formed to provide input to the continued development of British and European Standards and promote good practice in design, installation and maintenance of package treatment plant.

The Environment Agency, DEFRA and Natural Resources Wales are proactively involved with this group, which has regular meetings with all of the UK regulators.