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SUEZ was recently hired to provide Ice Pigging as the preferred method for cleaning 170km of water pipes in the water purge program, Affinity Water method, collaborating with other utilities to provide the highest quality of service and quality of water to his clients.
The program sought controlled removal of manganese and iron deposits 958km piping network within the areas of Ickenham, Harlow and Epping between 2015-2017. Although manganese and iron minerals are naturally present in groundwater sources, they can cause buildup in pipes and sometimes cause discolored water.
The mission and responsibility of Affinity Water is to continuously provide its customers and communities with the highest quality water, inviting some of the most innovative and environmentally-oriented suppliers.
Ice Pigging is a highly effective and exceptionally low risk method to remove sediment, biofilm and other objects from pressurized water pipes and has been widely adopted as the most cost effective method of cleaning pipes in many countries around the world.
Ice Pigging uses less water and requires less cleaning compared to traditional underground pipe washing or other pigging techniques. It is a risk-free solution that leaves the pipes undamaged after cleaning. If the ice pig got stuck in the pipe, it would simply melt.
When the Ice Pig is inserted in the pipe, it forms a semi-liquid shape and adapts to the topography of the pipes, as well as any diameter change, making it an effective solution and ideal for common pigging problems.
Usually the pigging operations in the water pipes do not involve digging and make use of existing fire hydrants for inserting the ice slurry into the pipe where the ice pig will take its shape. Ice itself is generally composed of NaCl (table salt) of ice and water, with no other additives or chemicals, which greatly reduces the potential environmental impact.
In order to carry out the project, several suppliers came together to form a "Flushing" collaborative team that worked toward the shared goal of reaching the challenging goal, maintaining water quality throughout operations, improving usability and endurance. the network and minimizing disruption to the environment and customers.
Throughout the program, all washes were carried out overnight to minimize customer disruption through street operations and disturbances of their water supply and of the 100,000 people who could have been affected,
The award honors and recognizes the hard work and strong collaborative relationships between utility companies and their suppliers. Providing the best services to their customers, utility companies must be able to respond to providers to help them achieve exemplary services.
Phil Adams of Affinity Water and part of the Collaboration Cup Winning Team said: "The awards ceremony was a wonderful night of celebration and recognition with fellow colleagues, the collaboration was incredible and a very positive reflection of our own team spirit. a sense of pride and the privilege of having been part of such a brilliant night - thank you! "