Supporting wastewater business compliance with environmental and legislative responsibilities

Any activity which involves discharging to the environment and which can affect the water environment must prove that the waste has been tested and is below limits set out in The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 and The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017.

Compliance with wastewater discharges is key to ensuring that your operations do not harm the environment, and levels are being controlled and monitored within agreed parameters and permitted limits. Failure to comply can lead to fines and damage your brand and reputation.

The regulations cover rivers, lochs, lakes, transitional waters (estuaries), coastal waters groundwater, and groundwater dependent wetlands. Operators must have a licence showing contamination falls below guideline levels to dispose of any contaminated water that can impact the environment. 

Testing should be performed to ensure that any waste discharges are within permitted limits and the clean-up processes are being maintained and working efficiently. Testing and monitoring allows for early identification of problems and intervention to ensure on-going compliance with the applicable regulations.

With over 40 years of water testing experience, Intertek has the expertise and environmental solutions to support your environmental monitoring requirements, covering many wastewater types including:

• Outfall Waters

• Trade effluents

• Process waters

• Surface waters

• Boreholes

• Leachates

• Ground waters

Intertek offers an extensive portfolio of water testing for customers in any industry, including waste management, utilities, manufacturing and Industrial. 

Our accredited laboratory provides trusted results for your wastewater testing covering physical, solids, biological, organics and chemical testing, including:

• Biological Oxygen Demand

• Chemical Oxygen Demand

• Microbiological 

• Suspended solids

• pH

• Hydrocarbon Content and natural oil and grease

• Heavy Metals

• Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

• Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)

• Phenols

• Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Our unrivalled experience and industry insight enable us to deliver accurate quantification and verification of your samples, however complex. We provide responsive services through our laboratories which are staffed by experts with over 40 years’ experience.

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