• Question: What are some of the challenges chemical engineers are facing? (e.g. protecting water supplies)

    Asked by Kareena to Tabby, Sam, Natalie, Michael, Craig, Holly on 26 Jan 2018.
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      Samantha Cole answered on 26 Jan 2018:

      Hi Kareena,
      At Wessex Water we are involved in a broad variety of projects to protect water supply and also lessen our impact in the environment. Increases in population and industrialisation will always prove a major challenge in the long term. Changes to farming practices and use of medications also provides a challenge as we have to find and remove increasingly low levels of chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides and nutrients (such as phosphates and nitrogen) from natural water systems. The following link will take you to the Wessex website and will explain some of the current strategies http://www.wessexwater.co.uk/environment . We also work with local universities to develop new technologies such as using algae as a biological filter in sewage treatment plants and with Geneco to produce environmentally friendly energy from waste treatment bi-products. Water companies are also taking an increasingly cooperative and national view to protect the water course as a whole resource, particularly with us leaving the EU potentially changing the laws surrounding water treatment.
      If you have any more specific questions please feel free to contact labworkexperience@wessexwater.co.uk and we should be able to point you in the right direction 🙂