What is the difference between a cesspool, a septic tank and a sewage treatment plant?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on June 30, 2020.

When it comes to building a property one thing you will need to consider is, where is my waste going to go? In most cases you can just simply connect to the mains sewer network however this may be too expensive to do, or the sewer is too far away for you to connect to. […]

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Water & Oranges

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on June 29, 2020.

Are you excited about the future? Or anxious and apprehensive?  Are you worried about the economy? Or do you feel confident in your position & your ability to succeed? As we approach the half-way point of 2020, I’m encouraging my team to think about their current position, and reflect on it, as if they would […]

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What are the benefits of rainwater harvesting?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on June 22, 2020.

Rainwater harvesting is a simple idea. It’s not complicated. For many, many years people all over the world have been collecting rainwater and putting it to good use. The key is to do it well and plan what kind of system you want and what you want to use the water for, before installing it. […]

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What is a stormwater attenuation tank?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on June 15, 2020.

With more and more developments in the UK being built on green fields it is important to think about how to deal with the increase in surface water run-off and minimise flood risk, as rainwater will not be able to drain into the ground as the land will be covered with impermeable surfaces like, buildings, […]

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What is a sewage treatment plant?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on June 8, 2020.

The definition of sewage (wastewater) is both grey water which is water used in private houses from toilets, dishwashers, sinks, baths and showers and black water which is any water from toilets. This foul water can be treated by using either biological matter to break down the waste or physical treatment using aeration to treat […]

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The One Thing

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on May 26, 2020.

Have you ever tried to convince yourself that you can multitask?  Do you think you’re good at multitasking?  Do you enjoy the juggling of many balls at the same time? Or having many plates spinning all at once?  Whichever metaphor you prefer, juggling lots of balls and spinning several plates, all at the same time, […]

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Lessons from the 2020 Rich List

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on May 18, 2020.

Did you read the 2020 Rich List this past Sunday? I find it a fascinating, inspirational read when they release it each year. Especially this year, as it wasn’t just about growth, after growth, after growth. Quite the opposite, due to the economic effects of Covid-19, reducing the overall wealth of the richest 1000 people […]

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Firefighting tanks installed for a new hospital in Austria

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on May 18, 2020.

The new state-of-the-art hospital specialises in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation. As many as 227 patients are looked after in single and double rooms. The extension and conversion work that was completed in September 2019 required firefighting tanks. PORR Bau GmbH, the full service general contractor who was commissioned to do the work, decided to install […]

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Thanks for ringing…

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on May 14, 2020.

How often do you thank your customers for their business? How often do you thank your customers for calling you and getting in touch? How often do you thank your customers for the opportunities they bring to you? I don’t think we do it enough, but I’m sure we’re not alone in this. It’s too […]

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What is rainwater harvesting?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on May 13, 2020.

Rainwater harvesting, also sometimes known as rainwater recycling, is the collection of rainwater with the purpose of putting it to good use. Rainwater that falls freely from the sky can be used for many things. We don’t need to use mains water for everything! In fact, rainwater can actually be better than mains water for […]

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Engineer is overwhelmed by Graf UK system’s underload capabilities

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on May 11, 2020.

A town in Cornwall is fast becoming a model of wastewater treatment best practice, thanks to a mechanical engineer who has become an ardent fan of Graf UK’s sewage treatment plants. Bryan Gynn runs Kernick Motors in the town of Launceston, on the Devon/Cornwall border, as well as Higher Kernick Farm, a large holiday cottage […]

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Can We Help?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on April 15, 2020.

Like a lot businesses at this time, we at GRAF UK want to help the national fight against the coronavirus. As a plastics manufacturer within the water management market, we have looked through our product range to see what we have that could help in any way. Following discussions with our colleagues in Germany and […]

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Why Compost?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on April 14, 2020.

With so many of us now temporarily working from home and in some cases, spending more time in our homes than we ever have before, many people have chosen to spend time working on their garden. It’s a win-win after all – you get some fresh air and time outside of your house (whilst behaving […]

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Sam Walton: Made in America

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on April 6, 2020.

What a story! I never read fiction books, but at times this autobiography of Sam Walton – the founder of Wal-Mart – felt more fiction than fact. That’s simply because what Sam Walton achieved was quite unbelievable.  This table will give you an idea of why his achievements could be described as unbelievable.  Year: Year: […]

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Be careful of the stories

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on March 31, 2020.

Do you love a good story? Do you tell a good story? Can you keep an audience engaged and on the edge of their seat? Can you captivate emotions and feelings as you take your listener on a journey? Can you remember a story someone told you where you hung on to every word, desperately […]

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Before and After

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on March 30, 2020.

Do you like ‘before & after’ photos? You may have seen some that people have shared with you, or you may even have some of your own?  They can be of anything. Before & after… Losing weight  Decorating or renovating a home  Changing your haircut  A garden makeover Whatever the before & after photos may […]

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It’s never a lack of resources that stop you; it’s a lack of resourcefulness

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on March 23, 2020.

One of our Company Values within GRAF UK is that we will always ‘Find a way’. It helps us to remember firstly, that there is always a way, and most importantly, that we should never give up. Sometimes it’s not easy and it can take a long time to find a way, but when one […]

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Urging early design involvement for long-term gains

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on March 9, 2020.

David Stagg, technical product specialist for sustainable water management specialists Graf UK, is urging specifiers of wastewater treatment plants to think long term and life cycle to avoid landing clients with unplanned and unsupported servicing and maintenance. Graf UK is currently heavily involved in helping specifiers, installers and end users meet new septic tank regulations […]

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Taking the waste out of wastewater

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on March 2, 2020.

With new regulations governing the use of septic tanks in force, our wastewater treatment expert David Stagg discusses potential options for compliance. Anybody building a property off the mains sewage network needs to be aware of this change – which is a bid by the Environment Agency to reduce the level of pollution from sewage […]

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The Greatest Salesman In The World

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 24, 2020.

Here’s a question for you… “Are you in sales?” Even if not directly, i.e. your job doesn’t involve you literally selling something to someone, chances are you’re still in sales. We all are. The cash tills may not be ringing and the denomination may not be £’s, but it’s time, attention, effort, energy, commitment, those types […]

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Environmental Minister Opens New Recycling Centre

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 19, 2020.

On Friday, our parent company Otto Graf GmbH unveiled the GRAF Competence Centre for Raw Materials in Herbolzheim in the presence of Baden-Württemberg’s Environment Minister, Franz Untersteller, and the Mayor of Herbolzheim, Thomas Gedemer, accompanied by numerous guests. The Competence Centre for Raw Materials is an essential component of our strategy for the resource-friendly production […]

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What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Business

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 17, 2020.

I wrote this article for our Water Matters newsletter back in November 2015 after the Rugby World Cup. It’s been helpful for me to read back over and I think it could be for you too. I hope it’s as much of a useful reminder to you as it was to me. Here it is… […]

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People want to help you

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 11, 2020.

Back in April 2016, the lead article in our monthly Water Matters newsletter was about my friend Mitesh who I had met the previous year at a Tony Robbins Business Mastery course in London. As you will see below, the article explains what an impact meeting Mitesh had on me back in 2015. He inspired […]

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Are you trying anything new in 2020?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 5, 2020.

Have you considered trying something new to mark the new year and new decade? Perhaps you try something new every year? In previous years I’ve talked a good game, but not necessarily followed through with action. I’ve thought about, and even said, I’m going to do some new things and then because I haven’t booked […]

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Oak View Primary School – Firefighting Water Tank

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on January 22, 2020.

The 52,000-litre Carat XXL firefighting tank range makes its mark for Kier. When it came to finding an underground firefighting water tank big enough for the job there was only one manufacturer main contractor Kier could go to – Graf UK. The sustainable water management specialist, better known for its rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment […]

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2020 General Binding Rules: Are you compliant with the latest change in Septic Tank legislation?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on January 1, 2020.

If you own, live in, or are building a property off the mains sewage network it’s important you’re aware of the change in legislation regarding septic tanks. In a bid to tackle water pollution, the Environment Agency has set out General Binding Rules, which means you must have plans to upgrade or replace your existing […]

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Rainwater tanks with a touch of history

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

“Antique Amphora” rainwater tanks Products from the Antique Amphora range don’t just look like Greek amphoras – they also serve the same purpose of their historical cousins. They store precious liquids – between 250 and 600 litres depending on the version – in a space-saving manner. Antique Amphora tanks are part of the new Exclusive […]

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The rainwater tank that fits in with your furniture

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

The Sunda wall-mounted rainwater tank The Sunda rainwater tank deserves a place on your terrace! Its modern design fits in extremely well with the wicker-look garden furniture which is so popular at present. The shape is discreet and restrained and complements both round and square-edged furniture. The tank is part of Graf’s Exclusive Line, which […]

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Rainwater tank with wooden look

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

The Woody wall-mounted rainwater tank If you like romantic country house gardens, you’ll love Woody, the decorative rainwater tank. Disguised as a nostalgic wooden crate, it discreetly enhances your outdoor area and collects precious rainwater. Woody is part of the new Exclusive Line from Graf. Products in this range are characterised by their high-quality materials […]

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Square, light, sturdy

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

GRAF EcoBloc Inspect Stormwater management Due to the continuing development of Urban, Suburban & Brownfield sites coupled with increasingly changeable and often severe weather, this has led to increased incidences of flooding with damage to property & the environment. Graf Stormwater Management Systems reduce flood risk and control water before it enters the environment by […]

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More water – less maintenance

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

GRAF Minimax-Pro filter for Platin tank GRAF, the market leader in rainwater harvesting, is now offering the Platin underground tank with the new self-cleaning Minimax-Pro filter. The successful flat tank is now available with a space-saving filter solution that allows water yields of over 95% for use in the garden and home. Maximum water yield […]

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Colour your home

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

Color 2in1 rainwater storage tanks add a touch of colour Bring colour, elegance and modernity to your garden with the “Color 2in1” from rainwater harvesting specialist Otto Graf based in Teningen, Germany. This designer tank with its trendy colours and satin-gloss surface doesn’t have to be hidden away behind the garage. It’s a decorative element […]

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Smart wastewater treatment

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

The Graf one2clean wastewater treatment system: simple and efficient Otto Graf has further developed its proven SBR wastewater treatment technology. The main advantage of the new one2clean wastewater treatment system is its simple, efficient and low-maintenance technology that significantly reduces operating and maintenance costs. With its immediate wastewater activation using oxygen, the one2clean wastewater treatment […]

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A flexible addition to the EcoBloc system

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

The new Graf Vario 800 shaft system Flexible application and precise integration. A custom-made shaft solution has been added to the Graf EcoBloc Inspect infiltration system in the form of the new Graf Vario 800 shaft system. The shaft, featuring a modular construction, can be adjusted in height and fitted precisely into the EcoBloc ditch. […]

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Adding a decorative touch to the garden

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

Graf presents new rainwater tanks and extraction units The rainwater specialist Otto Graf is expanding its huge range of decorative rainwater tanks and extraction units. The new multi-functional Stone 2in1 rainwater tank, the Barrica water butt and the Roma and Venezia stone fountains all combine great functionality with an attractive design. Stone 2in1: natural stone […]

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Making waves in the garden and on the patio

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

From tiles and carpets to furniture, waves are currently a big feature of home design. Graf, the trendsetter in rainwater harvesting, will be presenting the first decorative rainwater storage tank with an attractive wave design at spoga+gafa in Cologne. The Natural 2in1 will be available from retailers in January 2015. The Natura 2in1 has a […]

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Large, versatile yet lightweight

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 29, 2019.

With a diameter of 2.5 m and a volume of up to 120 cubic metres, the Carat XXL underground tank is the largest tank supplied by Graf. The supersized tank offers storage capacities previously only available with concrete and steel tank models. The tank’s modular concept enables it to store and retain rainwater, function as […]

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Flat, stable and almost invisible

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Graf Platin flat tank, ideal for self-construction Flat plastic rainwater tanks have been created for self-construction due to the low weight, the low installation depth and the low excavation volume. The tank can be installed without the use of an excavator in an already constructed garden. The experts of Graf, the European market leader in […]

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Ergonomic gardening with raised beds

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Garantia Ergo raised bed system: modular and easy to clean Raised beds are particularly popular as they offer many advantages: up to four weeks earlier harvesting times and a yield that is up to three times higher than when conventional beds are used. Above all, they provide a much more pleasant and back-friendly gardening experience, […]

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GRAF receives ISO 50001 certification

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

GRAF has achieved another milestone as its energy management system is certified in accordance with DIN ISO 50001. The certificate is valid for three years and is subject to an annual review. For over 50 years GRAF has been manufacturing solutions for rainwater harvesting, storage and infiltration. GRAF products save up to 160 million litres […]

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GRAF acquires production companies in Australia

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

GRAF has had a representation in Australasia ever since it acquired its Australian subsidiary over seven years ago. The European market leader in rainwater harvesting is now acknowledging the positive developments made during this time by investing in its own on-site production facility. “We are looking forward to a highly positive market development in Australia […]

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Water specialist GRAF UK branches into Ireland

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

After experiencing considerable growth, water management specialist Graf UK has expanded its operations to Ireland – and is now providing its full range of market-leading stormwater management, rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment solutions to projects across the country. As part of the launch, Graf UK has opened a dedicated Irish headquarters in Dublin, backed by […]

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GRAF UK celebrates awards season achievements

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

With the 2016 industry awards season in full swing, it’s been a busy time for us here at Graf UK. One of the highlights for us was being shortlisted in the Build It Awards’ “Best Plumbing or Drainage Product” category for our integrated Platin / Minimax Pro rainwater harvesting system. The Graf UK team attended […]

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New Premises for GRAF UK as business expands

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

In line with rapid company growth and further plans for expansion, leading European water management specialist GRAF UK has upsized its UK headquarters in Oxfordshire. The company’s relocation to its new, 10,000 sq ft premises on Beaumont Road in Banbury reflects a need to accommodate its ever-expanding team of experts – from sales and marketing, […]

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Waterwise efficiency award for GRAF UK

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

We’re proud to announce that GRAF UK has been named a winner in the first ever Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Product Awards, with our market-leading Platin rainwater harvesting package. As the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and Europe, Waterwise has launched the dedicated product awards in 2017 to complement its biannual, industry-renowned […]

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GRAF saves electricity for 90 households

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Graf has been developing solutions for the sustainable use of water resources for more than 50 years. Thanks to state-of-the-art production facilities, the plastic products are produced in an energy-efficient way, using high-quality recycled raw materials. Now the company has retrofitted the lighting using LED technology at the Teningen site. By these measures, 62 per […]

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GRAF establishes a sales office in China

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

In recent years, GRAF has continuously expanded its activities in the Asia region. The large area of Asia is one of the most rapidly growing regions, with a sustained demand for products that help utilise wastewater, infiltration and rainwater. In order to enlarge the market presence of GRAF and to further expand its leading position […]

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GRAF to invest over €30m in a new location

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Specialist for eco-friendly products to build factory in Herbolzheim, Baden-Württemberg Otto Graf GmbH of Teningen is evolving worldwide into one of the leading manufacturers of rainwater management and wastewater treatment solutions. And in doing so, this family enterprise is continuing to invest in the region. Investments exceeding €30m will give rise in Herbolzheim to the […]

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All back together again…

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Since April this year we’ve been operating on two different sites within Banbury, with our new head office being located on Beaumont Road and our yard remaining on Thorpe Way Industrial Estate. It worked very well in the end, once we set up our systems and processes in such a way that ensured both places […]

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Graf exceeds sales of €100 million for the first time

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

In the 2017 financial year, the Graf Group from Teningen, southern Germany exceeded net sales of €100 million for the first time. The news was announced by the family-run business at a press conference held at the company’s headquarters in Teningen. Over the last ten years, sales and the number of employees has doubled thanks […]

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