In a first for the UK, Proteus Instruments and its partners presented a series of three webinars exploring the current situation and how Proteus aims to provide the silver bullet to monitoring and protecting the rivers & bathing waters from sewage and agricultural pollution.Our webinars come with a warning: Proteus is a very disruptive technology and it will transform your perception of how the UK can monitor it's degraded rivers for pollution and hence rely less on manual and ineffective water sampling.
The first webinar highlighted the UK backdrop and how innovation can provide accurate, automated real-time data for parameters such as BOD, COD, TOC and E. coli (amongst others). The past few months have been interesting for those involved in UK water infrastructure and environmental protection. November 2021 saw the ratification of the Environment Act into UK law, a bill that was first introduced into the House of Commons two years prior.
Water quality was a large focus of the 2021 Environment Act which resulted in some legislation that has the capacity to make a much-needed positive impact on water quality in England. One of the main considerations was the greatly increased emphasis on reliable, real-time monitoring for water quality parameters, especially for areas at higher risk of pollution episodes including upstream and downstream of 18000 CSOs in England & Wales. If you add WWTW final effluent monitoring points that's another 20,000 monitoring points and 56,000 in total!
Our bathing waters webinar includes application stories with our distributors Nijhuis, who have been using Proteus for bathing water investigations. The webinar also discusses how Proteus is working with Southern Water in a project which is heralded as a potential blueprint for monitoring our bathing waters here in the UK.The UK has over 600 'designated bathing waters', an overwhelming majority of which are coastal, where bathing and water sports are encouraged. These have been specifically set up to be monitored, with weekly monitoring published by DEFRA from May 15th through September 30th. Two parameters that are monitored are E.coli and intestinal Enterococci, due to being found in faecal indicator bacteria - which is an indicator of faecal pollution into the water and therefore how safe it is to swim. Bathing waters can be classified as Excellent/Good/Sufficient/Poor. In the 1970's 45% were classified as poor, now in 2022 99% of bathing waters in England meet acceptable water quality standards.
In the last in the series of our webinars the wastewater monitoring and control webinar we discuss how the Proteus multiprobe uses Fluorescence technology at the heart of water quality monitoring. The Proteus multiprobe combines targeted wavelength fluorometers with other essential water quality parameters such as temperature and turbidity.The UK has 20 water utilities which invest £5.85 billion per annum in assets and £5.7 billion in services.
18th Feb 2022