IWJS Launches New Training Company

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Our New specialist ‘Safety Training Company’ launches: Industrial Water Training Services (IWTS) 

December 8th saw the launch of new specialist training company, Industrial Water Training Services Ltd (IWTS); specialising in confined space entry and rescue. The IWTS team based in Oldham, Lancashire has a solid in depth background in delivering effective training across a variety of industrial health and safety training courses. To support this they also offer technical advice on safety equipment, health and safety consultancy and safety site audits.

With a remit to target essential key markets, IWTS’s aim is squarely at the major utilities, civils and the Construction sector. Additional to these sectors are also the Local Authorities, Fire Service, pharmaceutical, chemical and associated sectors. From the range of courses on offer is:


  • Confined Space and Breathing Apparatus
  • Working at Heights
  • Water Utility Courses
  • Health and Safety Courses
  • Water Jetting Courses
  • Management Courses
  • C-Skills Site Safety Plus
  • City & Guilds Assessment Awards
  • Custom Designed



 The training initially will cater for both management and operatives from within the parent company, Industrial Water Jetting Systems (IWJS), before rapidly expanding to serve all industry sectors on a national basis. With the ability to serve up to 168 delegates per week with highly specialist training courses, that will be specifically tailored to meet client needs – where they want, when they want – delivered on site if required, weekends and evenings included.

Delegates attending courses will not only be trained to the highest standards possible, but they will be made more aware of the hazards and risks associated within their working environments. Specifically they will learn how these should be controlled to comply with legislation, guidance and national occupational standards. IWTS prides itself with qualified tutors that are highly competent and experienced in all subject matters that they teach and asses in, this is supported and backed by the relevant awarding body and government licensing, such as City & Guilds, Construction Skills (C-Skills), Water Jetting Association and more.

 This requires IWTS to be constantly aware of existing safety legislation and standards, or any impending changes to them. With the capability to position itself as a highly professional and fully licensed/accredited training provider, this confirms and ensures safety compliance at all times. IWTS offers the latest ‘state of the art’ facilities, with training rooms fully equipped with the latest presentational aids, with all rooms designed to ensure that delegates are comfortable whilst attending theoretical courses. In addition, IWTS has invested in purpose built practical confined space entry training rig that uniquely caters for all levels of confined space entry working, tunnelling, and working at heights, also rope access and rescue. The rig provides hands on training to simulate a realistic working environment; with all equipment required for training being new and of the highest standard available being used throughout industry.

Looking to the future, IWTS plans to provide a network of additional regional training centres, with all of them offering ‘state of the art’ highly contemporary training facilities. Speaking about the new enterprise extending the reach and depth of the Group, Christopher Stewart, Managing Director of Industrial Water Jetting Systems said:

“Developing our own safety training company at IWTS, gives us the capability to provide nationally accredited safety training. Both for ourselves at IWJS and the wider UK market. This will further ensure that our major clients in the utilities have the upmost confidence in us to deliver our services to the highest safety standard. We now offer a comprehensive and dedicated service that ensures the highest levels of confined space entry and related safety training available.”

Launching their new ‘state of the art training’ resource in Lancashire, the team comprises of Peter Jackson, Training Director, Val Perrin, Administration Director and Tim Graham, Centre Manager. The IWTS team is based in their new purpose built facilities at Hollinwood Business Centre on Albert Street, Oldham, OL8 3QL – and can be contacted on 0161 393 8419 or via web on www.iwts.co.uk

IWJS Wins New Contract

IWJS lands £3 million contract with Amey servicing Yorkshire Water



Leading national waste water management company, Industrial Water Jetting Systems Limited, has won a major contract with national multi services provider Amey plc to serve their client, Yorkshire Water. The contract will cover both reactive and planned desilting and CCTV surveys of Yorkshire Water’s Southern drainage network.  The works will also encompass various specialist works including robotic cutting, sewer rehabilitation and patch repairs.

The winning value of the £3 million contract is a significant success for IWJS. The contract will create work for potentially 50 new jobs within IWJS as the contract develops. In response to winning the contract, Christopher Stewart, Managing Director, at IWJS Ltd said:

“Our winning this major contract for our business, speaks volumes on how we prize fostering an effective working relationship with clients that’s built on trust and effective delivery. To do so means we go the extra mile to ensure that we don’t just simply meet their requirements, but endeavour to exceed them wherever possible.”

The contract was won against tough national competition and gained on the basis of the excellent reputation that IWJS has built with Amey; in successfully servicing their other major Northern water company client, United Utilities. This relationship has earned IWJS the distinction of ‘Tier One’ supplier status, due to their excellent record in health and safety, contract performance, rapid response and investment in the right equipment.

Key to delivering the contract successfully will be IWJS’s ability to respond to the client’s needs in both a planned and reactive way should this be necessary. Paramount is IWJS’s capacity to deploy additional specialist plant in rapid response to wet weather events, whilst still maintaining the same high standards of service delivery. This requires the logistic capability to respond, meet programmes of work, develop new service streams and meet commercial pressures.

Inherent within the ethos of IWJS is innovation, helping to provide clients with enhanced efficiency, to meet their evolving requirements and anticipate potential environmental issues; often requiring a rapid and effective response.

The award of the contract has the potential to open up opportunities in servicing Waste water Treatment Works (WwTW), major de-silt programmes, civil engineering and sewer rehabilitation; all well within the remit of IWJS’s capabilities and reach.

IWJS by working closely for Amey, will help support Yorkshire Water in protecting homes from sewer flooding and pollution incidents. The repair and maintenance work will improve response times when dealing with a customer issue for Yorkshire Water, which has around 55,000km of sewerage pipes across the county.

IWJS pledges £50,000 to help Macmillan support local people affected by Cancer


Local company Industrial Water Jetting Systems have pledged to raise £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Following both Grandparents of Managing Director Christopher Stewart being diagnosed with cancer and the invaluable care Macmillan gave in looking after them, IWJS is proud to support the Charity.

The Company is pledged to raise £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer support, which could help Macmillan pay for a Macmillan nurse for a year and will go in to helping make sure that ‘No One Faces Cancer Alone’. Christopher Stewart, Managing Director of IWJS said:

“Macmillan have been very supportive to my family during many tough days, their commitment, understanding and absolute kindness was overwhelmingly appreciated by my family. We are very proud to be working as a partner to Macmillan and we are looking forward to raising as much money and awareness as we can”.


IWJS will be raising the money through a mixture of payroll giving by every first £1 being matched by IWJS, employee fundraising such as bike runs, Macmillan coffee mornings and they will be donating £5 to Macmillan for every job undertaken by their Macmillan branded vehicles. A total of 4 vehicles have been specially branded with both the IWJS and Macmillan logos by Colchester company Premier Signs. Three of the four vehicles are combined jetting tankers and one is a support unit. Helping to support Macmillan nationwide. Macmillan Fundraising Manager said:

“It is so wonderful to be able to work with a company as passionate as IWJS. They are truly behind the Macmillan cause in making sure that ‘No One Faces Cancer Alone’ and are working with us to not only support their employees, but also to inspire others they come into contact with to get Macmillan’s support”


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Five years in the driving seat at IWJS

One of Britain’s most innovative water jetting companies IWJS has hit a milestone in celebrating their five year anniversary under the stewardship of MD Christopher Stewart.

IWJS was established in 1977 at Woolpit, Suffolk, being originally founded by Ken Cooper. One of Ken’s first jobs was cleaning safety kerbs on Athletic tracks. It wasn’t long before IWJS were cleaning the council drains (later handed over to Anglian Water) in Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk. Then ultimately progressed onto Yorkshire Water and Welsh Water, with IWJS pioneering and dominating the tunnel cleaning industry since the 1970/80s.

In 2010 IWJS was sold to Christopher Stewart. Christopher had been supporting IWJS for Adler & Allen through a difficult transitional period and when the company went up for sale Christopher seized on the opportunity to take the company on. Through a period of planned and sustained growth Christopher also obtained DSSE, Aquajet and Ultra pipeline services. Illustrating that growth, in 2010 IWJS had 93 staff, 3 depots, 18 Jet Vacs, 15 Tankers, 2 CCTV Vans, £6.9 million turnover and £600,000 profit. The subsequent five years have witnessed the Group develop to 408 staff, 5 depots, 51 Jet Vacs, 23 tankers, 26 CCTV vans, £24 million turnover and impressively approaching a £3 million profit.

IWJS’s mission has been to provide the UK market with unrivalled waste management services. Primarily achieving this by constantly seeking ways to expand and resource their response capabilities; by exploring every effective opportunity to grow their business organically and through acquisition – by providing current and future customers with outstanding levels of service.

News Release Five Years

IWJS has seen growth from their utilities sector, working with their core clients Anglian Water, Thames Water, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water. IWJS has also recently won the contract with Amey on Yorkshire Water. Due to the high level of service delivery, Manchester have delivered on the United Utilities contract for Amey, securing a 10 year agreement to work with Amey. The further investment to deliver this contract stands at around £3.7 Million taking the investment total to nearly £18 Million. Capitalising on the knowledge and experience that they have.

IWJS are always looking for innovative ways to move forward, and are also evolving their environmental and highway sector even further. By working with existing customers, they will continue to grow as a company with an underlying ethos to meet and wherever possible, to exceed their clients’ expectations.

IWJS’s customer retention is currently 100% which illustrates their dedication and the excellent approach they maintain.

IWJS continue to innovate, develop products and services that lead the market and are environmentally-compliant; using the latest communication tools to keep customers engaged and informed about environmental matters and IWJS’s ability to meet their ever changing needs.

Moving forward IWJS wants to be able to share their vast experience with others and are gearing up to open a training company called ‘Industrial Water Training Services Ltd’ (IWTS) providing services of their own training as well as external clients including a purpose built facility for confined space training.

2016 sees IWJS growing from strength to strength and they see potential for the group to hit £30 million, having invested over £14 million into new kit, as they continue to strive and remain innovative and environmentally aware.


HGV Jetvac Operators required in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk


Due to our continued success as a leading Drainage and Wastewater Management Company, we are expanding. We are looking for Jetvac operators. The role requires you to be a qualified HGV. you would be based from one of  our depots in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. We can boast to be the best paying company in our industry and offer the best training. In return we are looking for the best. We need people with the right attitude and commitment. The jobs isn’t always easy and you might be required to work some long hours and respond to emergency call outs, buts its not always like that. If you think this might be you please get in touch either via email, uploading your CV via our careers page, phone or by walking into a local depot and asking for an application form.

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We are recruiting

Due to an increased volume of work and in addition to the 2 new positions advertised last week (see our last post) We are also looking for following:-

  • Recycler Operators and operatives
  • Jet Vac Operators and operatives
  • CCTV Operators and operatives
  • UV and Hot Cure Reline Operatives


These positions are for the Yorkshire area and we can offer excellent rates of pay. In return we are looking to employ people who can demonstrate commitment, pride and a positive professional approach.

Get in touch if you would like to be considered for and interview

IWJS CCTV surveys

Introducing the IPEX RX400 – EX rated CCTV camera ranges up to DN 2000

IWJS have recently taken delivery of the new IPEX RX400 EX rated CCTV camera. This formidable unit can survey lines from DN 400 up to DN 2000. Steerable 4×4 drive, location transmitter, It has 4 manually adjusted LED lights, plus 2 LED lights for lighting the pipe base, integrated backeye camera and pitch/roll sensor.

Brian Nelson – Operation Director said ” This unit gives bright, sharp picture quality in the largest diameter pipelines.

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Helping the EA clear dead fish

IWJS were called in last week to assist the EA clear dead fish from a small area of the Norfolk Broads. The current pleasant weather has had the unfortunate side-effect of increasing a buildup of toxic algae which depletes oxygen levels in the water and kills fish.

The algae bloom has been attributed to a mixture of environmental conditions, including salinity and water temperature. It is not known what has caused these conditions to alter so dramatically.

The EA rescued and relocated 230,000 fish last month after they were found shoaling in a shallow haven away from the bloom near Potter Heigham.

A further 110,000 have recently been moved from Somerton, roughly six miles away, and over the weekend another 300,000 fish were moved.

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Contract Win – IWJS go VIP at the festivals

CONTRACT WIN – Servicing major festivals

IWJS have again been awarded the tanker work to remove grey water waste from the VIP and backstage area’s of the summer festivals in the London and surrounding area.

The festivals include V-Festival, Wireless and Latitude as well as a few others.

The staging company told Technical Director Tim Day that the level of service provided over the last 5 years and the understanding of his needs by our operators made it a very simple job for him when deciding to place the order with IWJS again.

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UUTS Manchester University Sewer Survey

Project:                     Manchester University Build Over

Client:                       United Utilities Total Solutions Ltd:

End Customer:        Manchester University

Location:                   Materials Science Centre Upper Brook Street, Manchester

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CCTV sewer survey



Project Background:

Manchester University want to construct a new building over a deep United Utilities combined major trunk sewer.

The sewer is a 3.8 diameter Trunk Main located directly beneath the build over site, the precise location needed to be determined prior to any piling and construction works and to ensure the asset was safe from the construction activities.   The sewer is constructed in rock with a brick lining and is up to 18 metres below ground level.    To assist with the build over design a pre-condition survey was required so that UU could approve the design and sanction the construction.    On completion of the build a post construction survey is also required.

Access to the sewer was problematic due to limited access points, depth, multi landings, high flows and side entries.   The sheer size and flow levels also meant conventional crawler mounted CCTV and Man Entry surveys were ruled out.



Stage 1

A recce of all located chambers was undertaken to determine equipment access issues, rescue techniques and the survey method.   Detailed surveys were undertaken of all manholes and landings supported by diagrams and photographs which enabled the RAMS to be prepared and access permits granted.

Stage 2

Following several site meetings with representatives from the University, the construction Design Consultants, United Utilities operational and management staff and IWJS Managers and Supervisors an acceptable method was proposed and eventually accepted once it was vigorously checked by the relevant health and safety departments of all concerned .



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Stage 3

Using a high volume combination unit as a winch device we towed an inflatable raft complete with a CCTV platform and location probe from a number of limited access points over a period of three night shifts.   A four man, high risk confined space entry team were required to position the equipment and inflate the raft below ground using protective sheets to avoid puncturing the floatation device when installing and retrieving it.  The whole project was supported by a six man IWJS Rescue Team complete with BA equipment in case of safety alerts or in sewer incident.

During the survey an above ground mapping team was engaged to locate the sewer using a transmitting sond attached to the raft which was picked up on the surface with an RD7000 radio detection device.   All points marked on the surface were then surveyed using a GPS unit which accurately pin pointed all signals received to enable the sewer route to be created on a CAD drawing.

All works were in accordance with:

  • Confined Spaces Regulations 1997
  • The Management of Health and Safety at work regulations 1999
  • Water Industry act 1991
  • Water Act 2003
  • Flood and Water Act 2010.



Stage 4

Provision of survey report including:

  • Summary of findings
  • Details of all points of interest
  • CCTV recording on DVD

CAD drawing of survey results showing:

  • Points of damage and extent (if known)
  • Points of erosion and extent (if known)
  • Other areas of interest
  • Depth and level recordings