Severn Trent rejects overseas takeover bid
Severn Trent Water
Severn Trent Water, one of the UK’s biggest water suppliers, has rejected a takeover bid from a consortium comprising Canadian investment group Borealis, the Kuwait Investment Office and pension fund the Universities Superannuation Scheme. In a statement, the company said the bid “completely fails to recognise the existing and potential value of Severn Trent”, and while the details of the offer were not revealed, earlier reports indicate it could be worth around £5.3 billion.
How does your tapwater taste?
Strictly speaking, water isn’t supposed to taste of anything - but minerals like calcium carbonate, chemicals like chlorine and even dissolved gases can play a big role in the flavour of the water that comes out of your tap. Recently, BBC News investigated what people think water tastes like in areas all over the country, with some interesting results.
Plumbers, pipes and German vs English standards
A lot of plumbers get problems installing a water softener because they do not understand the relationship between Deutsch Industrial Norme (DIN) & British Standard Pipe (BSP).
Water, the incredible molecule
In Our Time
A recent episode of Radio 4’s In Our Time focussed on the water molecule, and it was a real eye-opener for me. Because we’re surrounded by so much water all the time, not to mention being mostly made up of it ourselves, we tend to think of it as a very basic, ordinary thing. But the truth is that water is an exceptional substance!
Fernox announces soft water-suitable inhibitor
Fernox, a leading producer of water treatment chemicals, has announced that its inhibitor F1 can be used with softened water - great news for everyone who uses a Harvey water softener! This is stalwart progress towards correcting the myth that some boiler manufacturers tell their customers that softened water is not suitable for boilers. F1 is widely used throughout the heating and plumbing industry to protect mixed metal central heating systems against corrosion and scale.
What's on your washing powder box?
If you’ve ever given your washing powder box a close read-over, you might have noticed that most manufacturers advise you to use differing amounts of their powder depending on whether you live in a hard or soft water area.
Take a video tour of our factory!
At Harvey Water Softeners, we’re extremely proud of the manufacturing processes that go on at our factory - so much so that we’d like to invite you to take a video tour of our factory. The video goes into detail on the innovation and quality assurance that goes on every day in our facility - from the stress-testing of every component to the cleaning and preparation before assembly. Our machines are a great feat of British engineering, produced by a family firm and tested every step of the way to ensure they reflect our high standards of reliability.
Hard water tea? Why not just use soft water?
Cast your mind back a few years and you may remember a series of adverts for Yorkshire Tea for Hard Water, featuring everybody’s favourite sour-faced, roll-necked songwriter John Shuttleworth. More recently, the company ran a campaign that saw the converted ice cream van “Little Urn” delivering the tea to people in hard water areas.