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Parliamentary Candidate for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart, last week visited Typhon Treatment Systems, a Penrith-based water treatment equipment manufacturing company specialising in using ultraviolet LED to remove harmful pathogens from water, to learn more about the company’s plans to reduce the cost of creating safe drinking water.

Rory was shown around the company’s facilities by Dr Matthew Simpson and Peter McNulty, who founded the company three years ago. They formed the company after working together on an off-grid water project in Nigeria, where the need for electrical efficiency and simplicity of operation inspired them to investigate the possibility of using high flow LED ultraviolet water treatment equipment. None existed, and no existing UV water treatment equipment supplier would build one for them. So, in 2014 Typhon Treatment Systems was formed to create it. From there, the pair have attracted admirers for their work- which is 90% more efficient than current high-water volume purification methods which use mercury lamps. They are currently working with United Utilities on a prototype project which is getting installed at Cumwhinton, and they are looking forward to monitoring the results over the coming months.

After giving Rory a tour of the site, they demonstrated their patent-pending product to the MP, who was impressed by their ingenuity and the amazing potential of UV LED to treat water. Furthermore, their commitment to using local suppliers, and employing staff from the region, was commended by the MP.

Speaking about the visit Rory said: ‘Typhon treatment systems is an amazing example of the way in which Cumbrian Businesses is going. Underneath all the science, is an incredible idea. This company is going to reduce the energy costs by 90% of treating the water and produce purer drinking water as a result, and this is a great example of the dynamic pace of business in Cumbria.’

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Rory Stewart recently held an informal meeting with Director of Eden Arts – Adrian Lochhead and Eden District Council Leader – Kevin Beaty, to discuss ‘Cumbria Route 66’ – an exciting Eden Art’s project that aims to increase tourism to sites of cultural significance along the A66.

Cumbria Route 66 is an identity for mid-Cumbria from the fells in the east to the coast on the west. Aiming to emulate the success of Route 66 in the USA. Eden Arts are working with partners at Eden District Council, Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils, Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, the Local Enterprise Partnership and ARUP to develop a sustainable project that seeks to promote this part of Cumbria’s tremendous cultural and landscape and heritage offer.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “we are delighted to be working with a broad range of partners and contributors from across Cumbria on this project which is being so positively responded to as a welcome approach by tourism, cultural and heritage sectors”.

The project aims to create a ‘brand’ that describes a different area of Cumbria to the Lake District – by highlighting cultural assets all along the A66; from Brough and Appleby Castles and towns, through Penrith, Keswick, Cockermouth to Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Which, the organisers hope will boost the county economically and culturally.

Speaking about the project Rory Stewart said “Cumbria Route 66 is a fantastic opportunity for Cumbrian businesses to help create a tourist brand that stretches right across our county. The commitment from local businesses has been fantastic and by promoting our region’s very own Route 66 I am hopeful we can develop our region’s strong tourist identity. Cumbria Route 66 is the latest in a long-line of great ideas from Eden Arts, and I cannot wait to see it take off.”

Attached photo l-r Kevin Beaty, Rory Stewart, Adrian Lochhead

Attached photo l-r Kevin Beaty, Rory Stewart, Adrian Lochhead