Cornwall Land Air Water

A specialist environmental consultancy for air quality, contaminated land, legionella and water services.

Email: claw@cornwall.gov.uk

Tel: 0300 1234 212 option 4

Water Quality and Legionella

We offer an extensive range of water sampling and monitoring services using UKAS accredited laboratories. Whether you need a one off sample or comprehensive water management program, we can help create a plan that meets your requirements. We undertake testing, sampling programmes and risk assessments for a wide range of private customers and industries, including dairies, holiday complexes and manufacturing. Our large team of qualified water specialists gives us coverage throughout Cornwall and West Devon.

Cornwall Land Air and Water provides comprehensive legionella services to assist with prevention, control and compliance related to legionella, through services tailored to your needs. Our services include identifying and assessing legionella risks, preparing a plan for preventing and controlling risk, undertake monitoring and providing a written record that helps demonstrate you meet health and safety standards.

Water Quality Sampling and Monitoring Services

Our experienced environmental consultants provide water sampling and analysis for residential and commercial premises. Whether you need to demonstrate the quality of mains water or assess the suitability of a private water supply such as a well or borehole, we can provide a sampling and monitoring service to suit you.

Water sampling and monitoring can help your business

Water sampling and monitoring can be carried out for various reasons including:

Food businesses in particular often require monitoring to ensure their water quality meets relevant standards and doesn't pose a risk to health. We carry out regular water sampling for a variety of businesses so they can meet their regulatory requirements such as abattoirs (Meat Hygiene Service/Food Standards Agency) and dairies (Red Tractor/Dairy Farm Assurance).

We provide water services across Cornwall

Our environmental consultants have a wide range of experience in dealing with different types of water sampling and assessment. We manage the quality of water supplies across Cornwall and carry out thousands of samples every year. Unlike water treatment companies, we don't have products or equipment to sell. Therefore you can be sure that our advice is impartial and we won't recommend  water treatment that you don't need.

Water quality sampling and monitoring services can be tailored to your specific requirements. If you need advice we can provide guidance on suitable analysis parameters to ensure that the sample meets your needs.

Trained water sampling staff are available across Cornwall and the South West and can visit your property at a time convenient to you. 

Bacterial and chemical water testing

We offer both bacterial and chemical testing and analysis is carried out at UKAS accredited laboratories. Our consultants provide you with a certificate of water quality analysis and advice on the results.

This gives you the peace of mind that results can be used to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

We offer competitive prices and can tailor our services to your requirements - contact us today to find out how we can help you.

Water Sampling Services for Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Our environmental consultants at Cornwall Land Air and Water provide a comprehensive swimming pool sampling and analysis service for your leisure water.

Our standard suite tests for a range of bacteria including:

We can also test for other organisms such as Legionella, Cryptosporidium and Giardia, plus any chemical parameters that may be needed.

Water sampling and monitoring has many benefits

Sampling results help demonstrate that the water quality in your pool, spa or hot tub meets safe standards.

The cost of our service includes:

Sampling pools and hot tubs can help to protect bathers health 

The physical, chemical and bacteriological properties change constantly in a swimming pool, hot tub or spa pool. Some of these changes take place in seconds, others in hours or days. Good water quality management practices will identify and allow operators to understand and react to these changes

Pollution is introduced almost continuously into pools and spa pools mainly by the bathers themselves.

Water is an excellent vehicle for the transmission of disease, therefore it is important that this pollution is minimised and controlled by appropriate water treatment and pool hygiene. Good control of the water quality levels will reduce the risks to bathers, the staff and will have a significant effect on controlling running costs.

How often should my pool water be tested?

Swimming pools and hot tubs require different sampling programs, as there is a higher concentration of people to the size of water. This added to the elevated temperature can make it difficult to maintain satisfactory disinfectant levels, pH levels and microbiological quality.

Water quality testing should be performed at least monthly to monitor the presence of microorganisms. More frequent water quality sampling will be necessary if there is a problem, or for particularly heavily loaded pools. Hydrotherapy pools, even those not in a healthcare setting, should be tested weekly. We also provide sampling for recreational bathing waters such as lakes and ponds - find out more here.

Please contact us for a quote or for more information about the services and advice we offer.

 

Recreational Water Sampling including Lakes and Ponds

Cornwall Land Air and Water provide specialist water quality monitoring and analysis services to give you the assurance that customers can enjoy safe and healthy bathing.

Water sampling and monitoring for all types of water

We provide sampling for a variety of recreational water sources including:

Sampling your recreational water can help to protect users health

Water used for recreational purposes such as open water swimming, wake boarding and diving can pose a risk to users if health hazards are present such as sewage pollution, toxic cyanobacteria and blue-green algae.

If users report concerns or you notice something different with your water quality, we can carry out sampling to help determine what might be causing the problem.

We offer competitive prices for our sampling work which includes sample collection by a trained member of staff, UKAS accredited analysis and advice on the results. Contact us to find out more and receive a quote.

Regular sampling builds a picture of overall water quality and can reassure customers the water is safe.

How often should I sample recreational water?

We recommend that water sampling is carried out on a regular basis when water is used for bathing or recreational purposes and we can provide advice on a suggested sampling program.

Legionella Risk Assessments and Testing

Cornwall Land Air and Water offer Legionella risk assessments and testing to all types of businesses. Just some of the businesses we provide Legionella risk assessments and testing to are:

We provide expert Legionella services across Cornwall

Our Legionella risk assessment service includes a site visit to assess all points in the water system, including temperature checks. A professional report is provided which highlights risks, gives recommended actions to mitigate and control risk and gives guidance on when the risk assessment should be reviewed.

All Legionella services are carried out by competent members of staff, meeting the requirements of Legionella legislation and best practice.

When is a Legionella risk assessment required?

If you're an employer or landlord and have water on site that people can be exposed to, you need to undertake a Legionella risk assessment and manage the risk from Legionella bacteria.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places obligations on employers, building owners and landlords to undertake a Water and Legionella Risk Assessment on all workplace buildings where there is a foreseeable risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria. This includes hotels, gyms, retail premises, leisure clubs, offices, warehouses and factories. It also applies to those who provide residential accommodation or who are responsible for the water system in their premises.

The requirements are set out in the HSE Approved Code of Practice L8: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems.

Although cases are relatively rare and you may think there is no risk at your site, Legionella bacteria can lead to a potentially fatal pneumonia type disease. If you've never considered the risk of Legionella, then it is wise to enlist the advice of a specialist rather than try to assess a property yourself.

Do I need a Legionella test as part of the risk assessment?

Testing for Legionella is a useful snapshot to check whether the current control measures to prevent bacteria are effective. Depending on the type of system you have routine Legionella testing may be appropriate, however for most hot and cold systems ongoing Legionella testing is not usually required.

Where does Legionella come from and how do people get it?

Legionella bacteria are widespread in natural water systems, however they rarely cause people illness. Outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease occur from exposure to Legionella growing in purpose built systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth. People contract Legionnaires' disease by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air, containing the bacteria.

Ongoing maintenance to control the risk of Legionella

Depending on the type and size of system and who uses the building, a Legionella risk assessment may recommend ongoing maintenance such as regular temperature checks or sampling.

Competitive prices

We offer competitive prices and are happy to give advice on whether Legionella applies to you - for more information on Legionella and the other services we can offer please contact us.

Waste Water Sampling and Analysis

Cornwall Land Air and Water can provide a range of waste water sampling and analysis services.  We offer a flexible service to ensure that analysis meets your specific requirements.  Please contact us to discuss your needs.

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