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Insight: Jon West – MD of Kirton Water Treatment Services

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With what has been a commercially challenging year for everyone, our thoughts must go out to those most effected by Covid -19.  Throughout the year we’ve built on our core strengths in the vehicle wash market, reinforcing our activities with the major wash manufacturers and extending our service penetration around the whole country. In parallel, we also successfully completed several significant projects with industrial clients where a custom-built, engineered solution was required.

Highlights included ;

  • UPVC Window Manufacturer: the design, build and installation of a PH correction and monitoring system followed by an automated system to control their Powder Coating process, encompassing water treatment and chemical management.
  • Fruit Farm: design, build and installation of a turnkey water treatment system to utilise the clients own water sources to clean and irrigate crops via use of RO and other advanced water treatment technologies.
  • Poultry Farm Hatchery: a truly complex system, integrated with the existing wastewater management units to create a complete and compliant wastewater system which utilised Ultra Filtration membranes as it’s core. 

It’s extremely rewarding that we have been able to employ these solutions as it further heightens our reputation in the industrial wastewater and reclamation sectors. Our pipeline for enquiries in these areas is the highest it has ever been, and we look forward to successfully deploying further solutions for our growing client base.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have remained open and completed many interesting and differing projects through these turbulent times which has demonstrated the increasing focus on efficient water usage in the UK. What has also continued to strengthen during this period has been our service support activity. Many of our customers have been examining their requirements here, as either water usage has increased or the focus on clean water regulation has grown. We will all have been reading about the Governments agenda for Carbon neutrality and there will be no surprise that the Water Efficiency agenda is an integral part of this.  In collaboration with Waterwise, all of the UK water utility companies are supporting the ‘’water efficiency strategy’’ which focuses on both domestic and industrial water use . It’s purpose is to enable all homes and businesses to become water efficient everywhere and every day.

As we approach the end of 2020 the pandemic is still around us, but I’m hopeful this will subside in the next 6-12 months, enabling a return to a normal life. What is clear though, is that the focus on improvements in water utilisation and cleanliness is increasing. Whatever sector you are involved in this is happening now, and at Kirton we have been positioning ourselves to scale up our activities as the demand escalates. We have a very strong projection of work, some traditional but much of it is coming from a wider and diverse industry group. To this end we are well placed to support our current and new clients’ needs going forwards. We are very proud of our applications engineering skills at Kirton and pride ourselves on excellence in customer service. If you have a specific need, and are not sure of the solution, please contact us and we will help you address the problem in the most efficient and sustainable way.

Thanks to all our clients for their continued support,  Best Wishes for Christmas/New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2021.

Jon West

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