Senior Consultant Patrick Hawes blogs about Global Wetland Technology and how ARM brings the best available wetland technology to the UK by collaborating with international partners
Global Wetland Technology (GWT) is a consortium of companies who have been operating independently for almost 20 years in the Environmental Engineering sector with particular specialisation in waste water treatment and water pollution control by Constructed Wetlands. This collection of 11 companies represents the greatest body of knowledge and breadth of experience in constructed wetland technology around the world. All of the member companies have extensive international project experience; collectively GWT has implemented over 1000 wetland treatment systems in 30 different countries.
The purpose of its foundation in 2012 was to provide a Reed Bed/Wetland water treatment technology ‘centre of excellence’ for clients around the world and to broaden knowledge and awareness of the capabilities of this technology, also raising its profile within the major international consultancies. ARM Ltd is one of the founder members of GWT and after three years since its formation it is interesting to see how GWT has progressed.
Though we first gathered in 2012, in terms of administration, we were officially founded as an Association in October 2013 and have established and appointed members to key offices. Our principle of operation is based on developing agreements with selected commercial partner organisations around the world who offer local operating knowledge, so GWT gains access to their markets and local knowledge and they gain access to the full resources of GWT. We are currently focusing on burgeoning markets such as China, Eastern Europe and India at present though there are no limits set. There is also significant flexibility within the association which allows members to work with each other on individual projects around the globe retaining the ultimate objective of widening the application of this technology. Clearly, there are also commercial drivers for individual members. We have received project enquiries from all around the globe including Russia, Bosnia, Greece, Palestine, India and China to name a few.
One of the biggest benefits we have seen as members is increased levels of communication between ourselves, including much closer cooperation and sharing of knowledge and individual experiences. Essentially, we provide each other with a library of knowledge and application experience using different wetland technologies in wide ranging climates, cultures and economies across a broad range of waste waters. We work together to develop bespoke, often novel, solutions blending our individual areas of expertise.
For ARM Ltd this has led to projects such as the Cowdenbeath Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) treatment system completed last year using vertical flow aerated reed bed technology and the full sewage treatment ‘Phragmifiltre’ system currently under construction at Severn Trent Waters’ Hulland Ward site which is approaching completion. Both of these bring in new applications of new technologies into the UK and both of which are generating considerable interest for ARM Ltd within both the municipal and industrial sectors.
To find out more about GWT and its members, please visit their website at http://www.globalwettech.com/