On the 19th November 2013, UKWIR hosted a collaborative workshop with WRc, Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), Public Health England (PHE) and Environment Agency (EA). Around 40 delegates attended the workshop with David Holt of UKWIR, Paul Rumsby of WRc and John Haley of Yorkshire Water sharing chairing duties.
The aim of the day was to examine all stages of a water contamination from first reports (from the analytical laboratory or the public), through to management of potential issues with public health or the environment.
Each organisation gave presentations on their respective roles in dealing with incidents of chemical contamination in water. With so many organisations involved in the workshop, it was a unique opportunity to share the experience of everyone involved in such incidents.
Presentations on detecting and responding to an incident included:
- How water companies record and respond to customer queries.
- Laboratories analysis during routine analysis and following detection of an unusual chemical.
- Roles of PHE, DWI and the EA in ensuring protection of human health and the environment.
Leon Rockett of WRc also described the UKWIR Toxicity Advisory Service in providing information to water companies, including Toxicity Datasheets and their contents; the 24-hour enquiry service in practice, derivation of SNARLs and how WRc responds to an enquiry.
Following the event, several water companies have asked for additional presentations on the Toxicity Advisory Service for their colleagues to share details on the support available and best approaches in dealing with an incident.
Please contact Leon Rockett on 01793 865146 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a session at your company.