2021 marks a significant milestone for Royal HaskoningDHV, with the company celebrating 140 years. So, what better way to mark this birthday, than by looking back on some of Nereda team’s highlights during this anniversary year.
We started this milestone year with a full programme of webinars, remote performance testing and new operational support packages. We also welcomed new preferred supplier, Trojan Technologies, to the Nereda community in January. Trojan Technologies is a leader in UV disinfection.
In February we signed an extension of our license agreement with EPS. We have worked with EPS for many years, but the company will now expand its area into Northern Ireland and Scotland. We also welcomed Mecana into the Nereda® community as our preferred supplier for filtration.
Despite the fact the team was still separated by miles, in March we managed to get together ‘virtually’ for the #WorldWaterRun. Between the team we covered over 1000 km in one week, raising awareness of the value of water. The running event finished on World Water Day, which also saw the start of two days of Nereda training for the international team. Carried out online, the virtual training days still managed to be informative and fun. We also were awarded an extension project at Yuen Long in Hong Kong.
Construction completed at Westnewton in April. This marked the first Nereda Package Plant in operation in the UK. We worked closely with United Utilities, C2V+ and Suprafilt to make this project a reality. We were also awarded a new project at South Sioux City, our seventh project in the US.
In May we took part in the Utility Week Live Summit and won ‘Most Innovative Wastewater Project of the Year’ at the Water Industry Awards for Westnewton, alongside United Utilities, C2V+ and Suprafilt. We welcomed RMU to the Nereda Community as a preferred supplier. We were also delighted to find out that Aqua-Aerobics Systems was awarded a Distinction in the Global Water Awards, Wastewater Project of the Year category for its Nereda plant at Riviera Utilities WWTP in the USA.
Our plant at Tatu in Brazil started up in June. This was our third plant in the country and its start-up was carried out remotely with a virtual reality tour. We were also delighted to announce our partnership agreement with BEWG.
We spoke at the WWT Future of Phosphorus Removal in Wastewater event early in July and carried out our first training sessions and presentations in Chinese. The month was also marked by dramatic floods in Limburg, Belgium and Germany.
Although traditionally a quiet month, with many people on their summer holidays, this August we celebrated our second Nereda plant in France, with Oissery going into operation.
September saw the return to live events, with a joint exhibition stand and presentation on successful collaboration with our partner Hach at the Institute of Water conference. Along with sponsorship, exhibiting and presenting at the European Wastewater Management (EWWM) conference in Birmingham. We even had the opportunity to co-present on Westnewton with United Utilities. After months of online activity, it was great to get in front of people again. Wolf Creek also achieved recognition at the Environmental Stewardship Awards, and we were also awarded our eighth Nereda in the US at Greenville, Michigan.
We returned to our screens in October with a webinar hosted by UW Innovates, ‘Driving down energy and chemical use in nitrogen and phosphorus removal’. We also had two extremely successful Nereda Community Days, where we bought together our wider Nereda family to hear about the latest Nereda developments, share best practice and celebrate some of the successes this challenging year has still allowed us. For the next Community Days, we hope to be able to get together in person, but for now our virtual days helped us traverse time zones and come together. Our Nereda project at Wolf Creek also won Top Project Award at the Water and Waste Digest awards.
We co-exhibited at Aquatech with our new partner Nijhuis and the partnership was made official with a celebration ceremony. We were also at the European Biosolids and Bioresources conference in Newcastle, showcasing our combined offering and showing how we are approaching ‘creating the water utility of the future’. It was an opportunity to present and catch up with many of the UK water companies. We also had a successful start-up on our capacity upgrade project at Ringsend and Longford in Tasmania also entered the start-up phase.