Early in 2013 United Utilities placed its first order for the unique ResMix 'source management' system following successful use of the system by Scottish Water since 2009 and over 15 years in Australia.
The system for Heaton Park consists of a single ResMIx 3000 unit designed and manufactured by WEARS Australia. The ResMix system has a proven track record in providing 'Source Management' and improving and maintaining water quality in impoundment reservoirs
United Utilities utilise the benefits the ResMix system provides in water supply reservoirs and in particular, the effect the system has on maximising the available water volume within the reservoir, while at the same time improving overall water quality and acceptability as well as reducing downstream treatment costs.
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The ResMix system takes water from the surface and circulates it down to the bottom of the reservoir, making it unique compared with alternatives and does so with a tiny energy input allowing a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to reservoir source management. This system is most efficient at maintaining uniform conditions throughout the reservoir, maximising available capacity,eliminating aged water and stratification - all of which ensures the water supply is maintained in excellent quality.
Heaton Park Project Featured On BBC "Watermen" and Lancaster University's Environmental Centre's Website
Read more about the Heaton Park United Utilities ResMix project on the University's website.
>"The tests were carried out by Lisa White of Xylem Analytics UK, another graduate
of Lancaster Environment Centre. Lisa used an innovative autonomous
underwater vehicle - the Xylem Ecomapper - to measure algal bloom levels
in the entire reservoir. The results showed a 99% decline in algae levels,
enabling the reservoir to be used to supply water, and the aqueduct
overhaul programme to go ahead."