Technical presentation & tour

Water Treatment: Understanding Reverse Osmosis & Boreholes

THURSDAY, 11 May 2023. Start 18:30 BST

By the Great Northern Section

THURSDAY, 11 May 2023

Start 18:30 BST

Holts Brewery
The Brewery, Empire Street, Manchester M3 1JD

The IBD Great Northern Section invites members and guests to Holts Brewery to understand the advantages of borehole water and the challenges it brings. This is an excellent opportunity to see how the reverse osmosis plant generates water for the city centre site, and what treatments are required.

Please wear flat, closed-toe shoes.


  1. Meet at the the Derby Brewery Arms pub adjacent to Holts brewery.
  2. Presentation: An overview on water supply from boreholes, why the ones at Holts were replaced, and the process - Dr Phil Ham
  3. Tour of the Reverse Osmosis plant and water treatment at Holts Brewery - led by the brewing team at Holts. This will be an opportunity to look at some of the practical aspects in more detail.


  • Dr Phil Ham, Principal Hydrogeologist Envireau Water
  • Phil Parkinson, (Head Brewer) and Lloyd Rees (Second Brewer) Joseph Holt Brewery

Why You Should Attend:

  • Understand the benefits and challenges of using borehole water in a brewery.
  • Look at a reverse osmosis treatment system.
  • Network with colleagues in the brewing industry.

Tickets: Free, includes supper provided at the pub. 30 spaces only.

Booking deadline: MONDAY, 8 May 2023


  • 0.7 miles from Manchester Victoria station.
  • Car park available at the brewery

For any questions or to book a ticket, please contact Jayne Hewitt (Secretary of the Great Northern Section)