The management of water quality and its conservation are important to all organisations. Water used for drinking or for the preparation of food and beverages must comply with potable and industry-specific standards, such as:
Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000
Regulation (EC) 852/2004 of the European Parliament and the the Council of the 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs
Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995
Guide to Good Hygiene Practice in the Vending Industry 2006
Water used for heating and cooling purposes requires careful control of its chemical and microbiological quality to prevent excessive corrosion, scale deposition and bio-fouling. These water systems are sometimes neglected or mis-managed resulting in major failures and costly repairs.
Increases in the cost of water supply, treatment and disposal have further highlighted the need for all businesses to conserve and, where possible, reuse this precious resource. There are several government initiatives some with grant funding, e.g. Envirowise and Advantage West Midlands, which promote the efficient use of water and the application of best practice and technology for its conservation and reuse. One of our consultants is a retained consultant on the Envirowise Helpline Panel.
ISHEM can provide a full range of independent professional services to help clients' ensure compliance with the relevant standards whilst minimising water usage and costs and protection unscheduled downtime and costly business interruption.