About Kelda Water Services Alpha
Kelda Water Services Alpha (KWS Alpha) operates a 25 year Design, Build, Finance and Operate contract with Northern Ireland Water focusing on the upgrade, operation and maintenance of five water treatment works and two strategic link mains - including the largest water treatment works in Northern Ireland.
Our operation serves a population of 800,000 and is capable of producing 397,000,000 litres of water per day, the equivalent of about half the country's water requirements. Our water quality standards are up to ten times more stringent than the UK regulatory requirements and we achieve this with industry leading technology and practises.
The company KWS Alpha is named after Project Alpha which helped our client, Northern Ireland Water, to attain EU Drinking Water Quality Standards. Project Alpha is the UK's largest water PPP (Public Private Partnership) and KWS Alpha is the operating company that delivers it - and has been since late 2008. KWS Alpha (known as Dalriada Water until 2009, when we assumed sole ownership of the business) project financed the £110million capital investment along with our partners EarthTech and Farrans.
We operate four water treatment works throughout Northern Ireland; Dunore Point (Antrim), Ballinrees (Coleraine), CastorBay (Craigavon), and Moyola (Magherafelt). Each one of these works incorporates cutting edge processes that are operated and maintained by our dedicated team of Process Engineers. Our whole team is dedicated to ensuring quality throughout our business, and this is reflected by our ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certifications.
Kelda Water Services Alpha strive for operational excellence in Water Treatment. We regularly demonstrate innovative solutions in order to meet our comprehensive contract with Northern Ireland Water. In some cases, we are monitored and incentivised to ensure compliance every 5 minutes (over 1 million times per year).
A summary of our key successes:
- The first ever PPP for the bulk supply of potable water
- Water quality standards that are significantly ahead of the EU requirements and were brought into service nine months ahead of the regulatory deadline
- Delivery on time and within budget through effective planning and management of the capital investment programme
- Leading edge efficiencies through the deployment of high levels of automation and telemetry enabling the mobile team of skilled process engineers on the ground to be supported at all times by our operational centre in Bradford.