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Chemical Contamination Hits Water Supply in USA

12th Jan, 2014

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12th January 2014

Hundreds of thousands of water company customers in the USA are facing a fourth day without their tap water supply of drinking water. Charleston, West Virginia residents have been told that it could be days before its was safe to drink their tap water again. A harmful chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol or MCHM which is used in coal processing had leaked from an industrial storage tank that contaminated the local river which is used for the local water supply.

Emergency plans have been implemented following the hospital checks on at least 122 people who reported symptoms including nausea and vomiting. Agencies involved in the incident include the Chemical Safety Board, the State Department of Environmental protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The operator of the chemical plant – Freedom Industries Inc. produces speciality chemicals for the mining steel and cement industries and was founded in 1986. The Charleston plant, Etowah River Terminal, is located on the Elk River and has 4 million gallons of storage capacity. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries following and escape of MCHM into the air. Following complaints from the public on January 9th 2014 inspectors discovered the source of the odours was from a leaking Crude MCHM tank and that there had been no attempts for containment of the spillage. The site was also instructed to immediately conduct integrity testing of all the above ground structures and bunding on site. An investigation team of safety inspectors from the Chemical Safety Board are to arrive on site on the morning of Monday 13th January and are charged with looking into all aspect of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in safety management systems.

West Virginia American Water, the operators of the water works and distribution system have issued “Do Not Use Water Notices” and are implementing a concentric circle flushing program beginning at a central location and moving to the far ends of the water distribution system. The parent company American Water supplies an estimated 14 million people in more that 30 US states and Canada.

Sources
Chemical Safety Board http://www.csb.gov/csb-deploys-to-chemical-spill-in-charleston-wv/
Freedom Industries Inc. http://www.freedom-industries.com/home.html
West Virginia American Water http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection http://www.dep.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
West Virginia Saturday Gazette-Mail http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201401100100

Anglian Water produce new video on protecting your water supply from harmful chemicals

13th Aug, 2013

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Anglian Water have produced a new video on how customers can protect the safety of their domestic water supply from harmful chemicals.  The video which lasts just over 2.5 minutes identifies potentially damaging chemicals such as engine oil and paint thinners and the damage that they can cause to the water supply when these seep through the ground.

 

 

Anglian Water have produced a range of videos that cover the topic of drinking water safety in the home and these are available on the link below.

http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/household/water-quality/keeping-water-healthy.aspx

Aqueduct inspection in the pipeline for United Utilities

22nd Apr, 2013

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United Utilities new electric vehicle for the aqueduct inspection

Electric vehicle for aqueduct inspection

United Utilities – the water provider for north west England has announced that an electric baggage vehicle normally seen at airports is going to be used on a major aqueduct inspection. The Haweswater Aqueduct which flows from the Lake District to Manchester – a distance of 90km is be given a thorough inspection involving 80 engineers over a two-week period. To enable the job to take place quickly and to avoid disruption they will be using the specially adapted Canadian vehicles.

United Utilities’ senior project manager Paul Anderton said: “These vehicles are perfect for running safely and cleanly through pipes which form the backbone of the North West’s water pipeline network.

“We have been testing a specially-adapted version in an empty pipeline under Cumbria’s Tarn Moor – high in the Bampton Fells. “The beauty of these vehicles is that they don’t have dirty, oily engines, which could pollute our pristine pipes if something went wrong.”

“Some points will be nine kilometres from the nearest access point. These vehicles will not only carry workers to where they’re needed as quickly and effectively as possible, they’ll also tow essential welfare equipment to keep them comfortable while they’re at work. One will be kitted out as a rescue and first aid vehicle, in case anyone feels unwell while they’re down there,” said Paul.

The exact date of the inspection has not yet been finalised, but could be as soon as later this year. It will provide the first detailed information on the condition of the 60-year-old concrete pipe’s full length since it was built in the 1950s.

Note:
In this type of work it is essential that good hygiene practices are followed to ensure that safety of the drinking water. Attendance on the National Water Hygiene Scheme course is a requirement for the job. More details on the course which is also known as the “blue card course” is available at http://waterhygienecard.co.uk

Drinking water prosecutions declining

28th Aug, 2012

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The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) has updated its list of prosecutions taken against water companies since 1995. Prosecutions have taken place under the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations. Analysis of the table shows that in the seven year period from 1995 – 2001 there were 32 successful prosecutions of water companies compared to only 9 for the period 2002 – 2011. Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water has the largest number of these convictions with 9 prosecutions. The DWI advise that ‘as a a result of the prosecutions, the water companies have taken steps to improve their operations …’ and that there are ‘cases pending’ In August 2012 Southern Water were fined £15,000 at West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court for supplying discoloured water at Chandlers Ford, Hampshire in March 2011.

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The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) was formed in 1990 to provide independent reassurance that water supplies in England and Wales are safe and drinking water quality is acceptable to consumers. The Drinking Water Report for the 2011 was published on the 12th July 2012. The full report is available on the Drinking Water Inspectorate website http://dwi.defra.gov.uk/press-media/incidents-and-prosecutions/prosecution-record.pdf

Scotland’s Drinking Water has never been better

28th Aug, 2011

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Favourable Water Quality Report for Scotland’s Drinking Water

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator’s annual report on Scotland’s tap water shows that the quality of what we are drinking is the best ever. The report by the DWQR on the quality of supplies during 2010 found that well over 99% of tests on samples complied with strict regulatory standards.

Drinking Water - Quality in Scotland 2010

Water Quality Tests

In 2010 Scottish Water carried out nearly 324,000 tests on its water at treatment works, storage reservoirs and consumers’ taps. Of the 155,302 tests on samples taken directly from taps in people’s homes, 99.83% met the standard. This compares with 99.78% in 2009 and 99.14% in 2003, the year after Scottish Water was formed. Compliance for most parameters showed an improvement, significantly so for pH (hydrogen ion), colour, iron and Trihalomethanes (THMs). The number of failures for this last parameter attracted criticism from the Regulator for the high failure rate, so this year’s figures are to be welcomed although more still needs to be done in some areas.

Happy Customers
Consumer satisfaction with the water supply across Scotland is up too. In 2010 Scottish Water received 20,495 contacts from consumers concerned about the quality of their supplies, compared with 24,168 in the previous year, but the DWQR would like to see these numbers fall further:
A DWQR spokesman said:
“We are delighted with these results that show that Scottish tap water is top quality. The people of Scotland can draw a glass of water from the tap and be confident that their supplies are tested thousands of times each year and that they meet some of the tightest quality standards in the world.  It’s very important that the water tastes and looks good too and it’s comforting to see the number of complaints to Scottish Water reduce. DWQR believes that this figure has further to fall and the work Scottish Water is doing to renovate old iron water mains and improve its control of chlorine at treatment works should achieve this.”
Not everyone in Scotland receives their drinking water from Scottish Water – some 150,000 people, approximately 3% of the population, receive water from a private water supply. The quality of some of these supplies remains of concern, and 18.35% of samples taken from these supplies last year by local authorities contained the E.coli bacterium.

The DWQR spokesman said:
“Local Authorities across Scotland are working hard to communicate the health risk these private supplies pose to the owners and users and offering support to make improvements. Where improvements are being made it is vital that the new treatment that is installed is properly maintained so that the benefit is not lost.”

EUSR National Water Hygiene Card – (Blue Card for Water)

20th Jan, 2011

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We are taking bookings for Open Courses

Renewing your card this year? Contact us for competitive quotes email – info@waterhygienecard.co.uk

In house – Training courses available. EUSR registration extra. (discounts for group bookings)
“Great course”
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We provide good quality training, at a time and location of your choice.
The Company specialises in National Water Hygiene Card Training for companies that require the ‘blue card’ for working on ‘restricted activities’ either water treatment or construction where they may come into contact with potable water. The scheme is administered by Energy and Utility Skills and those who pass the entry requirements and examination are admitted to the Energy and Utility Skills Register (EUSR). The cards are valid for a period of three years.

We can provide training at your offices or workshops locations. Contact us for more information.

How long does the water hygiene card course last?

The course last about three hours and includes discussion, an EUSR PowerPoint presentation followed by a short relatively simple test.

Where is the course held?
It can be held at your workplace or at any location where it is possible to talk through the slides and materials in a reasonable manner.

What are the ideal numbers of attendees?
The maximum number is twelve per half day course, the minimum is one. If large numbers require training we can usually train twenty-four per day or we can bring in extra tutors if required for larger sites.

What is the cost of the course cost?
Rates are variable depending on numbers and locations – Training Costs per person vary on the numbers. If you would like a quotation please fill in the call back form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Do you run any other courses?
Yes, we offer EUSR Safety Health and Environmental Awareness Courses known as the SHEA Passport Course.

We also have access to a wider group of associates that can advise on specific or complex issues.
In a hurry? – When can we run your training course? Just ask on 07901 726 419

We can run courses in the daytime but we also have flexibility and are able to run courses in the evening or at weekends and at short notice. We know that often customers need these cards quickly to get a specific job completed at short notice – so if you need training in a hurry ring us on 07901 726 419 seven days a week. We once delivered a course with just two hours notice.

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