Knowledge and proactive management of remote reedbeds is a key area where companies can cut operational and capital expenditure. The optimisation and enhancement of remote reedbed treatment systems can secure performance for many years without the need for full site refurbishment and the associated costs.

Reedbeds are generally tucked away in sewage treatment works and provide treatment with minimal maintenance requirements. The results is that remote reedbeds often get overlooked until the works are close to breaching consent.

ARM's Asset Assessment and Support Package will highlight the condition of the system and give an indication of when refurbishment may be required. This allows expenditure to be planned and therefore controlled and ensures the works performs to its full capability.

Asset Assessment and Support Package works in two ways:

1. Asset assessment

Visual appraisal

  • Condition of the reeds
  • Extent of sludge build up on and in the gravel matrix
  • Condition of the flow path
  • Site layout and accessibility
  • Photographic evidence

Fitness for purpose

  • Review design basis, ‘as built’ drawings and O & M Manual
  • Review current and future loads and recent performance data

Monitoring programme

  • Sampling and monitoring program to include influent flows/loads and discharge levels to characterise performance
  • Reporting
  • Verbal and written report of the assessment complete with conclusions, recommendations and indicative prices of any required remedial work

2. Support service

  • Asset longevity prediction
  • Sampling and monitoring to establish performance
  • Refurbish to ‘as built’
  • Re-engineering to improve performance
  • Maintenance
  • System operation
  • Retrofit with latest technologies to enhance capability


Knowledge and proactive management of remote reedbeds is a key area where companies can cut operational and capital expenditure. The optimisation and enhancement of remote reedbed treatment systems can secure performance for many years without the need for full site refurbishment and the associated costs.

Reedbeds are generally tucked away in sewage treatment works and provide treatment with minimal maintenance requirements. The results is that remote reedbeds often get overlooked until the works are close to breaching consent.

ARM's Asset Assessment and Support Package will highlight the condition of the system and give an indication of when refurbishment may be required. This allows expenditure to be planned and therefore controlled and ensures the works performs to its full capability.

Asset Assessment and Support Package works in two ways:

1. Asset assessment

Visual appraisal

  • Condition of the reeds
  • Extent of sludge build up on and in the gravel matrix
  • Condition of the flow path
  • Site layout and accessibility
  • Photographic evidence

Fitness for purpose

  • Review design basis, ‘as built’ drawings and O & M Manual
  • Review current and future loads and recent performance data

Monitoring programme

  • Sampling and monitoring program to include influent flows/loads and discharge levels to characterise performance
  • Reporting
  • Verbal and written report of the assessment complete with conclusions, recommendations and indicative prices of any required remedial work

2. Support service

  • Asset longevity prediction
  • Sampling and monitoring to establish performance
  • Refurbish to ‘as built’
  • Re-engineering to improve performance
  • Maintenance
  • System operation
  • Retrofit with latest technologies to enhance capability


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