Drinking Water Conformity - Compliance  - Inspections - Training

Amberley Quality and Environmental Services Ltd provides training, auditing and consultancy services specialising in water quality management and related risk assessments. We offer these services to managers and operators of drinking water plants, bottled water plants, wastewater plants and leisure facilities.

- Drinking water safety plans

- Drinking water plant inspections

- EN 15975 - 2:2013 Security of Drinking water Supply - Guidelines for risk and crisis management - Part 2: Risk Management

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Drinking water safety training 

Online and on-site training

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Auditing/Inspections

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Drinking Water Treatment Storage and Transport auditing and inspections

 

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Wastewater and leisure water

  • Quality management
  • Training
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Knowledge and Skills

Benefits of enhancing your knowledge and skills in drinking water quality management:question

  • Enhanced staff awareness of employee’s role in the provision of safe drinking water.
  • Verification of conformity with WHO guidelines
  • Provides independent verification of compliance with local/national/regional regulations
  • Identification of gaps in the risk assessment/safety plans process
  • Identification of weakness that may exist and hazards not identified
  • Identification of cost savings (e.g. by reducing or eliminating any unnecessary monitoring and testing, reducing the need for treatment or improving maintenance),
  • Improved communication/stakeholder relationships, regulatory compliance and management and operation of the utility.
  • WSPs also provide an effective framework to better inform capital investment needs, thus ensuring that limited resources are used most effectively.
  • Long-term implementation of WSPs will help to ensure the consistent delivery of safe drinking-water, resulting in reduced outbreaks and improved public health.
  • Conformity with best practice in the industry sector.

 

Storage and Transport


Drinking water must be stored and transported through pipes or using tankers without deterioration in quality following treatment. Drinking water must be secure from sources of threats hence tankerthe need to manage leaks, and to ensure the integrity of tanks, reservoirs and pipework used to transport and store drinking water. From the management perspective drinking water requires the same controls as those in use in the management of food.

Tanks, tankers, reservoirs and pipework must be maintained clean and devoid of contaminants and not exposed to threats from illegal tappings, illegal use and contamination from whatever source.

The WHO requires us to guarantee through risk assessments that drinking water is safe and secure from source to consumer.

Protection of infrastructure from air-borne, water-borne and human intervention threats is a necessary part of the risk assessment process. Water safety plans must include these infrastructure elements in its scope of activities.

 

Drinking Water Treatment

The treatment of drinking has two key focuses: 
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  • Adequate quantities supplied to meet customer needs
  • Drinking water that is safe to use 

In order to meet these key requirements the design of the treatment works must meet strict and often tight specifications. 

The proposed treatment process must be proven to deal with the threats and cater for capacity requirements. In order to achieve these goals, the characteristics of the source water must be known including seasonal variations such as algal growth in open reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Algal growth can cause significant treatment and costly issues. Where possible avoid or minimise the use of chemicals in water. It is not possible to avoid the use of chemicals entirely, because the WHO require free chlorine residuals of a minimum level of 0.2mg/L at points of use.

Whatever treatment is proposed it MUST control threats to human and animal health. These threats derive from chemicals, biological pathogens, and radiation. So sources must be chosen with care and where a groundwater source giving adequate volumes on pump tests and is devoid of chemical and radiological hazards then this I the source of choice. 

Sources in order of preference (costs of treatment and Quality): groundwater>surface water>sea water.