Environmental Advice & Consultancy
At Sandfield Penstock Solutions we not only supply industry-leading pollution containment devices we also deliver a turnkey water pollution prevention service to identify your risks and come up with failsafe, compliant and affordable solutions.
In any rapidly evolving industry, there is a likelihood that things can become confusing.
With the rapid deployment of legislation, advances in technology and public opinion turning against polluters, industry is understandably concerned and moving to mitigate the risk of water pollution and needs sound, evidence-based advice to make the right investments.
Where do you go for sound environmental advice and consultancy?
The first port of call is often the spill response sector, except, of course, these types of businesses make their money when spills happen and have less experience in spill containment or pollution prevention enginaeered systems. It seems counter-intuitive that spending money on consultancy could save you money, but the right advice could be invaluable.
How could spill containment advice save you money?
Here is a recent example.
A food manufacturer approached us because they were getting a lot of attention from the Environment Agency as oil was leaving their premises and entering a watercourse. The site’s response, unsurprisingly, was to address the issue as quickly as possible and sourced and implemented spill booms to stem the flow and contain the contaminated material.
However, after several months of collecting and disposing of the contaminated waste, the costs had become prohibitively high and the source of the problem had still not been identified. At this point, Penstock Solutions were approached by the client to investigate. On closer inspection, it quickly transpired that the oil flow didn’t originate on their property, and essentially, was not their responsibility.
The customer had been about to invest £25,000 to complete a CCTV Drainage Survey, which was unlikely to have identified the source of the issue. Drawing on our experience of pollution flow we completed a drainage connectivity study which very quickly identified the contamination source. Not only were we able to save the site the £25,000 on the unnecessary survey, we also saved the thousands that were being spent on disposing of the contaminated materials and provided the quickest response to what could have quickly become a major issue.
Most commonly the consultancy we offer is saving customers money by providing a liaison service between the client and the Environment Agency. If the Environment Agency were to identify your business as a cause for concern they have the authority to make a range of demands including issuing improvement notices, delaying permits, and, in the most extreme cases, business closure.
The Environment Agency’s sole interest is in preventing water pollution with little concern for your budget or disruption to your business. For this reason, the Environment Agency often make recommendations that will undoubtedly address the issue but may involve dated techniques, technology or extensive civil works. We are busy saving our customers tens of thousands of pounds by recommending and implementing the latest solutions that satisfy the Environment Agency at a fraction of the cost and with a fraction of the disruption. The way the legislation and guidance’s are structured the minimum requirement is that you are showing willing and can evidence that you are making progress towards compliance, having someone in your corner who speaks the EA’s language could save you a huge amount of time, energy and money.
At Penstock Solution,s our priority is to prevent water pollution and deliver value to our clients. We only propose the most cost and time effective solutions that address your water pollution prevention challenges and free you to get on with running your business.
Pollution Containment Risk Assessments
Our Environmental Risk Assessment Survey looks at the three key risk areas, the source, the pathway and the receptor. The survey includes an investigation of potential sources of pollutants and what controls are in place. We review the efficiency and effectiveness of current methods and stress test the operation of these processes. Penstock Solutions then deliver a report with practical advice and recommendations utilising existing infrastructure and equipment to the fullest extent possible and often requiring little or no further expense.
Pathways for a pollutant to leave a site have always been one of the most difficult areas to evidence. For sites that have installed drainage closure valves or other controls there is a need to evidence the system will work. Completing a drainage survey and producing an accurate CAD drawing of your site including all below ground environmental and flow control devices is essential.
Sandfield Penstock Solutions is always innovating and pushing environmental technology. We have partnered with many of the world’s leading environmental technologies and we continue to excel in delivering solutions for our clients. If you are looking at FOG recovery or using flow to generate power, we are here to help.
If spill containment and CIRIA c736 compliance is currently a consideration for you please do not hesitate to call 0330 223 4372 or email us, we will be very happy to discuss our solutions with you.
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