Institute of Water Annual Conference

This year we joined professionals from across the water industry in Glasgow for the Institute of Water’s annual conference ‘Shaping the Future’ Chaired by Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water, this year's event focused on the future of the water industry, relating to topics such as innovation, the circular economy and digitalisation of the industry, looking closely at the growing expectations of customer and society needs. Presidents Dinner and Awards Congratulations to South West Water, as this year's deserving winner of the Institute of Water's National Innovation Awards 2018, for their innovative behavioural change campaign ’Love Your Loo’. The award was presented at the Institute of Water’s Annual President’s Dinner and Awards, on the 21st June and held at the spectacular setting of Glasgow City Chambers. Thank you to the IOW for another excellent annual conference.   

Stonbury Golf Day 2018

This year we were delighted once again to return to Stapleford Park for our 2nd annual Golf Day.  Congratulations to Callum McCormack, Chris Walker and Neil Sheppard for finishing 1st place and Jon Featherstone, Liam Nicholson and our NWL guest, Phil Wallace for finishing a mighty 2nd place! Thank you to all our staff and clients that joined us for a competitive 18-holes!  For more information on the Stonbury Golf Day, please contact laura@stonbury.co.uk  

Water Industry Awards 2018

Stonbury were delighted to attend this year's Water Industry Awards at the Vox in Birmingham Accompanied by over 550 water industry professionals from water companies, regulators, contractors and suppliers, we were thrilled to support and celebrate the best of industry achievement and innovation.  Congratulations to Northumbrian Water for achieving the prestigious 'Water Company of the Year' award and the many other deserving winners of the night.

28th Annual Northumbrian Wateraid Pro-Am

Stonbury were delighted once again to sponsor and attend this year’s annual NWL golf day for WaterAid, at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club. Greeted by glorious sunshine, £9000 was raised through the event which will support the much needed activities of WaterAid. Well done to Liam Nicholson, Stonbury Project Manager who won ‘Nearest the Pin’ on hole 7!

Introducing Stonbury Scotland

Stonbury are pleased to announce the expansion of services into Scotland. Building on over 34 years’ experience in servicing the water industry, the launch of Stonbury Scotland sees the Stonbury Group firmly establish presence within the Scottish water industry. Services will include traditional Stonbury works, from the refurbishment of Treated Water Storage Points (TWSPs) including service reservoirs and water towers to the introduction of the full scope of services the Stonbury Group offers. About Stonbury Scotland As specialist contractors to the water industry Stonbury aim to bring a wealth of knowledge and innovation into Scotland. Led by Iain Weir, the company will utilise accumulated group knowledge from existing frameworks with 15 UK water companies. Jon Featherstone, Delivery Director comments “The board is delighted to appoint Iain Weir as Managing Director of Stonbury Scotland. We have known Iain for many years and recognise that he holds the same values that Stonbury stand for in terms of customer focus, integrity and dedication to his profession. We are sure that within a very short time Iain will be an integral member of the Stonbury Group”. Stonbury Scotland is currently operating from offices in Peebles, with the intention to expand into other geographical locations. Initially supported by DOMS trained site and management teams from the North of England, Stonbury Scotland will soon employ fully trained, competent and local staff. From our ongoing collaboration with Regulation 31 material manufacturers in the UK, we look forward to bringing our commitment and knowledge in drinking water safety and regulation to Scottish Water and the supply chain. About Iain Weir Iain Weir brings with him 20 years of experience from working across the UK and US water sector. Since graduating with a degree in Chemistry from the University of the West of Scotland, Iain has pioneered the introduction of various new technologies into the drinking water sector and led the development and growth of a company, from less than £200k to generating over £3million profitable turnover.  As well as supporting the Scottish Water Regulatory and Compliance Team in developing the current DOMS procedures for the cleaning and inspection of TWSPs, he also led the delivery of a programme with Scottish Water to inspect, clean and refurbish more than 400 service reservoirs per annum as part of the regulatory commitment to DWQR. Iain Weir comments “Our upcoming developments will be a fantastic opportunity to establish the Stonbury business and brand in Scotland. The vitality and excitement of setting up a new team, reinforced with the full support and experience of the group structure is a unique challenge which I am delighted to embrace. We are very much looking forward to supporting Scottish Water and their delivery partners to provide unparalleled levels of efficiency, value and service through our long-term commitment in Scotland” Welcome video clip by Iain Weir

Success in Collaborative Working

When it comes to the refurbishment of potable water drinking assets, it is essential for all materials to be in accordance and approved by the DWI Regulation 31. As the amount of available materials under this criterion becomes increasingly scarce, collaboration with material manufacturers has never been more vital. Stonbury has been working together with BASF, DWI approved material manufacturers for several years. After a previous material supplier had changed their formulation and affected product performance, BASF was brought in to critically evaluate the repair criteria and materials used. Working collaboratively with BASF, we were successful in tackling several key issues, including the quicker return to service of assets from 21 days, down to only 10 days. Since then, Stonbury and BASF have addressed several other industry issues surrounding the safe supply of drinking water. Darren Priddle, BASF’s Technical Sales Manager for the water industry and waterproofing comments: “The key issue for water companies is that they can’t afford for assets to be out of service for very long – it costs tens of thousands of pounds a week to re-pump and resource for other locations. Working with Stonbury, we’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of time that facilities are out of action, using high-performance, cost-effective, DWI-approved materials. Proven waterproofing and sealant technologies help us to deliver long-lasting repairs that provide excellent resistance to harsh conditions and chemicals. Working with BASF’s chemical experts, we can ensure that we use the right system, requiring the least amount of time, at the best lifecycle cost. Working with 15 out of the UK’s 21 clean water companies, we’re looking forward to continuing a relationship that delivers real benefits to our clients." Collaborative working with the supply chain has demonstrated essential in our development as a supplier and contributor to the water industry. As a result, we have overcome several hurdles through newer and more innovative solutions, passed back to our clients as we continue the process of collaborative working with the UK water companies.