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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.

Or alternatively email us on info@waterhygienecard.co.uk

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