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Deal secured to fabricate water filtration systems

Posted on 04 Sep 2020 and read 1391 times
Deal secured to fabricate water filtration systemsDale Barry (right), managing director at DLAW, and Matthew Hunt, director at Port of Sunderland

Port of Sunderland-based DLAW Contractors, a fabrication specialist, has secured a deal to manufacture containerised, transportable water treatment solutions and is already in the process of delivering units to a gold mine and desalination plant in Namibia, a community project in Rwanda and a farm in Scotland.

Headed up by Dale Barry and Lee Ashman, DLAW has helped develop the filtration systems – which can process between 2,000 and 300,000 litres of water per day – in partnership with Pure Water International Ltd and Clean Water Wave.

They are manufactured in shipping containers and powered by solar or direct power, meaning they can operate on or off-grid, anywhere in the world, providing a sustainable solution to the global clean water crisis which currently affects over half of the world’s population (over 4.2 billion people).

DLAW managing director Dale Barry said: “The Pure Water filtration system is a world-first and after years of intense R&D, we are incredibly proud to finally be in a position to bring it to market and to produce it in Sunderland.

“Not only will it provide a self-sufficient way for hard-to-reach communities to access clean drinking water, but it will also provide a safe and secure way to treat dangerous process water which initiate diseases and pollutants the world over.

“Currently, around 80% of the world’s wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or re-used, and our low-energy filtration systems can help turn such waste into clean, processed water that can then be reintroduced into the environment in as friendly a way as possible.

“For example, one of the first companies to get on-board with the initiative was a gold mine in Namibia which will use our filtration systems to cleanse chemicalised process water containing arsenic safely, allowing the client to dispose of the process water in a more safe and efficient manner and also giving the client options for disposal. The impact these systems will have on human health is exponential.”

As well as processing bore hole and stagnant water in to fresh drinking water, the system can also be engineered to process polluted industrial waste water as well as final effluent. Providing a clean water solution for all sectors of the water industry.

The filtration systems will also help dramatically reduce carbon emissions by eliminating the millions of toxins that are generated by the production of bottled water each day.

He added: “One of our filtration systems can provide clean drinking water for up to 1,200 people, making the process 30,000 times cleaner than the production of bottled water when you factor in production, shipping and sourcing. Not only will they help save lives, but they will also help save the planet.”

DLAW was set up by Dale and three former colleagues last year, initially with the goal of producing containerised geothermal heating and cooling solutions for the agricultural sector, however after diversifying into the production of water filtration systems and container conversions, the company has since grown to a team of 10 and has plans to increase its headcount further over the coming months.

He added: “We are hoping to take on our first pipe fitting and welding apprentice in the coming months and are also expecting to create more jobs in the first quarter of next year, providing the pandemic eases and lockdown measures are eased in our key markets.

“We have also fielded numerous enquiries through our work with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and our channel partners in Sub-Africa and are confident that, once our first batch are in operation, the systems will make a real difference to the lives of millions.”

Matthew Hunt, Port of Sunderland director, said: “We have invested heavily in making the port an attractive place for businesses to locate and grow over recent years and DLAW is exactly the type of company we have worked hard to attract.

“Not only is the company creating high skilled jobs for local people but it is also creating innovative, eco-friendly solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues and we are proud to have been able to support them on their journey.”