Trade Effluent Testing & Wastewater Analysis
Water Treatment Services is a leading environmental engineering and consulting specialist offering expert industrial wastewater solutions including trade effluent testing and analysis for an extensive range of wastewater contaminants including metals, chemical, microbiological and physical parameters.
In the UK trade effluent is defined as any liquid waste, other than domestic sewage or rainwater run-off, which comes from a business or industrial process and is discharged into a public sewer.
It’s important to understand that the Water Industry Act 1991 requires any business that wishes to discharge effluent into a public sewer to obtain a formal discharge consent from their local water authority.
A discharge consent is a legal document which will stipulate a number of conditions that must be met, including those that control the quality and quantity of any effluent produced and then discharged.
Expert wastewater analysis and trade effluent testing
Our laboratory wastewater analysis and trade effluent testing solutions support a wide range of industry sectors both in the UK and internationally and include:
Full national UK cover
With offices in London serving the South and South East England, Manchester (North West), Birmingham (Midlands), Bristol (South East England and Wales), Leeds (North and North East) and Glasgow (Scotland), supported by regional teams of specially trained technicians, in-field specialists and wastewater consultants we can offer professional, cost effective water testing and laboratory analysis solutions across the whole of the UK and internationally.
Contact Water Treatment Services today to learn how our expert wastewater solutions can help you meet your discharge consent obligations, optimise your liquid waste processes and reduce your costs.
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Testing wastewater and trade effluent for multiple parameters
Water Treatment Services offer a wide range of trade effluent testing procedures to UKAS ISO/IEC 17025 that cover the most common control parameters identified in the conditions of a discharge consent.
Our trade effluent analysis solutions include the following parameters and more:
How can trade effluent testing save you money?
UK water companies use what is called the Mogden Formula to calculate the trade effluent charges a business will incur when it disposes of its industrial effluent. These charges are calculated using a formula that takes into account a number of variables including effluent volumes, and the type and level of contamination.
Our trade effluent and wastewater analysis solutions have been carefully developed to help you identify the presence and concentrations of these key consent related contaminants in your wastewater so you can do something about it.
let our wastewater specialists help you meet your discharge consent obligations, optimise your liquid waste processes and reduce your trade effluent costs.
This information will allow you to review and then optimise your treatment and discharge processes and so reduce the costs associated with the disposal of your trade effluent.
Industrial wastewater and trade effluent in more detail
Wastewater from many diverse sources is handled by water companies around the UK. They are responsible for maintaining public sewers and the water that flows into them. This water may come from households, from rainwater, and from other sources.
However, trade effluent is viewed differently from these other sources. Here, we will discover what trade effluent is, what discharge consent is, how trade effluent testing can help you stay the right side of the law, and how these issues may apply to you and your business.
If you own or run a business in the UK, you may well be affected by the information laid out in the Water Industry Act 1991.
If your business produces liquid waste as part of the various processes conducted on your premises, you may be required to obtain discharge consent to cover this effluent.
What is trade effluent?
The term trade effluent relates to wastewater generated by a trade or business, rather than that generated by normal domestic use of water in a home or residence. However, some businesses only generate wastewater by accessing water supplies in the same manner we would do at home. Therefore, it is important to determine whether your business creates trade effluent or not. If it does, you will likely require discharge consent to allow the wastewater to go into the sewer system.
Do all businesses generate effluent?
Not all businesses generate trade effluent, but it can be confusing to work out whether your business does or not. The important question you need to ask yourself is how is your wastewater created?
For example, businesses that use water in engineering processes will be classed as producing trade effluent. A professional car washing service will also be classed a producer of trade effluent.
These and other similar processes use water in different ways compared to standard domestic waste and how that is created. The greater the chance of other products and by-products contaminating the water, the more likely it is the wastewater would be classed as trade effluent.
To gain a greater understanding of how trade effluent is viewed, it is necessary to consider some businesses that do not fall under this category. For instance, a hairdresser is a business, but it only produces wastewater through the normal procedure of washing hair, as we would do at home. Therefore, it does not produce trade effluent. The same applies to the services provided in restaurants and hotels, since these involve the regular use of kitchens, washing up, and bathroom facilities.
What is a discharge consent?
If you operate a business or produce wastewater as part of an industrial process, you are likely to require discharge consent for your trade effluent.
If you obtain this consent, it means that you have permission from the relevant water company in your area to discharge your wastewater into the sewers. The water company will therefore be aware of the water you are getting rid of and what is contained within it. The water companies can then put measures in place to ensure the trade effluent is appropriately treated.
Trade discharges of effluent should always be made to a foul sewer or a combined sewer. You should always check with your local water company to make sure any waste you create is discharged to the correct sewer before you do so.
You cannot make any discharges of wastewater until you have the proper discharge consent in place. This may be a temporary or permanent consent, depending on the nature of your business and the processes taking place. For example, a construction project taking place over 12 months may only require a temporary trade effluent discharge consent.
Why is a discharge consent required in relevant cases?
Wastewater taken from domestic properties is reasonably consistent in its quality. It can be taken away and treated without posing any risk to the public or to staff working for the water companies.
However, the same cannot be said of many trade effluents. When trade effluent is tested, the results will determine whether the solids and other elements present in the water are within acceptable levels. If they are within acceptable levels, discharge consent will likely be granted.
If the levels of certain contaminants are above acceptable levels, other treatment or disposal methods will be required to get rid of the trade effluent. In these cases, discharging effluent into the sewers would likely cause a health hazard to the public and those working at the water company. Therefore, permission to discharge the effluent would not be granted.
How can testing your trade effluent help obtain a discharge consent?
To obtain proper consent to discharge your wastewater into the sewers, you must be able to prove what is in the wastewater, and this could include a number of contaminants:
This is not an exhaustive list; wastewater from business processes may contain many substances created as by-products of those processes.
Your local water company will want proof that the trade effluent your business generates and then discharges meets the standards set out in your discharge consent.
Hiring an accredited company such as Water Treatment Services to carry out trade effluent testing and analysis or your wastewater is the only way you can be sure of providing an accurate picture of the quality of the wastewater.
Regular testing of trade effluent provides peace of mind
Regular trade effluent testing also ensures the levels of various elements, metals, solids, and other contaminants within the wastewater remain at or below acceptable limits.
This type of specialist wastewater testing ensures you do not fall foul of the law regarding your wastewater treatment standards and that you can therefore continue to get your wastewater treated by your local water company.
Professional laboratory testing of wastewater and trade effluent
Water Treatment Services offer a comprehensive range of laboratory analysis solutions including the testing and analysis of wastewater and trade effluent.
Our wastewater experts can provide advice and support to help you identify the most appropriate strategies for the optimisation of your treatment and discharge processes and so reduce the costs associated with the disposal of your trade effluent.
With offices in London serving the South and South East England, Manchester (North West), Birmingham (Midlands), Bristol (South East England and Wales), Leeds (North and North East) and Glasgow (Scotland), supported by regional teams of specially trained technicians, in-field specialists and consultants we can offer professional, cost effective water testing and laboratory analysis solutions across the whole of the UK and internationally.
Contact us today to learn how our expert wastewater solutions can help you meet your discharge consent obligations, optimise your liquid waste processes and reduce your costs.
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