The water treatment plant at Ferrybridge C Power Station was responsible for ensuring the quality and purity of two types of water – the circulating cooling water and the treated water for the steam.
The water used for cooling, known as circulating water was taken from the River Aire. Before being circulated, the water passed through the treatment plant where it was filtered to ensure no debris entered the system. Once cleaned, the water was circulated through the power station’s condensers, and then pumped to the cooling towers to be cooled down and reused.
The treated water used for the production of steam required much more processing. The water needed to have a very high purity level, with no traces of any kind of contamination. The water treatment plant was responsible for topping up the system with high-purity water.
CW Pump House Pictures
The CW Pump House was responsible for pumping the cooling water and circulating it around the power station – firstly to the condensers and then to the cooling towers.
Water Treatment Plant Pictures
Sluice Pumps and Fire Pumps
The fire-fighting pumps are driven by diesel engines, just like the engines found in trucks. They have their own supply of diesel in overhead tanks, ensuring they can run independently of other systems even in the absence of an external power supply.