Waste Management & Recycling

Sewage treatment plant helps popular country hotel expand its capacity

One year on from the installation of a market leading sewage treatment plant at a Devonshire country hotel and business is booming thanks to the capacity to now cater for extra guests.

Deer Park Country Hotel in Devon installed the sewage treatment plant in March last year after local contractor, Water and Drainage Services, contacted Peterlee based company Premier Tech Aqua to   install its marketing leading Conder SAF sewage treatment plant. One year on and the system has provided significant improvements to the hotels drainage system and the amount of guests they are now able to cater for.

At the time of installation the hotel was undergoing some renovation work in order to expand its accommodation as well as developing plans to rapidly expand the number of weddings it could cater for. However a connection to a two stage brick build septic tank, constructed originally for the country house building, meant the systems lacked the capacity to cope with an increased number of residents and guests.

A number of options were explored including the possibility of connecting the hotel to mains drainage, over a kilometre away, but with an estimated annual cost of sewage disposal in the region of £20,000 the costly option was quickly rejected.

Other possibilities included connecting the septic tank to a reed bed but the regular maintenance and gravel replacement of this option meant the hotel wanted a more long term, hassle free solution.

Premier Tech Aqua’s marketing leading Conder SAF 200 Package Sewage Treatment Plant became the preferred option together with a new 1750 litre Conder Grease Trap that would protect the new system when installed. The new tank required minimal space, causes little disruption to the surrounding environment and produces all effluent at a higher standard than that required by the Environment Agency, now running from a small tributary into the River Otter.

This ease of use is also combined with the advantages of the Conder Grease Trap which has meant that, many of the storm water pipes that had previously led to the old system, have been redirected.

The plant was ordered with a 6 week lead time and was delivered one week early, allowing time for the Conder Grease Trap to be installed.

David Selley, business owner at Water and Drainage Services said “This project is a prime example of how sewage treatment plants can substantially help commercial properties such as hotels and leisure parks expand and cater for more guests and residents. It also demonstrates how the flexibility of sewage treatment plants can be a very cost effective and environmentally friendly solution to those businesses that have extension plans and don’t want these to be hampered prohibited by high alteration costs.”

 Throughout the design and installation process, Premier Tech Aqua worked very closely to ensure business continued at the hotel and that the core business requirements of its current and planned expansion remained forefront of thinking.

“We knew how business critical this installation was to the Deer Park Hotel, said Stuart Wray, MD at Premier Tech Aqua, “both in terms of maintaining business as usual but also – through this system – effectively enabling the business to deliver on its exciting expansion plans. Getting the tank to site a week early meant we were absolutely sure this business could continue to function and move forward in line with all its plans.”

 Premier Tech Aqua is based in Peterlee, County Durham and is a world leader in onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment, water storage and rain water harvesting solutions. The company specialises in the design and manufacturing of innovative and durable products for the residential, commercial, municipal and industrial markets.


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