MCERT for Partech

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Source: Partech (Electronics) Ltd.

MCERT for Partech
Partech are delighted to announce that our already highly successful 7200 Monitor and Turbi-Tech 2000LS Sensor combination has become the first Turbidity Monitor to be awarded an MCERT. The Partech system is already the UK's market leading Final Effluent Monitor. The combination of a highly reliable sensor, easy to use monitor and the Turbi-Tech sensor's fully integrated self cleaning system give users exceptionally low cost of ownership and high confidence in the information being provided. The MCERT'd system is suitable for monitoring Turbidity in effluent discharges, river water, inlet protection applications in ranges from 0-50 to 0-500 FTU. It can also be configured to monitor Suspended Solids and can be supplied with a package of mounting accessories and telemetry devices to suit most applications.

Any organisation, whether an operator of a water and wastewater treatment plant or manufacturer of instrumentation used in environmental monitoring cannot have missed the arrival of the Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS). Set up to deliver quality environmental measurements, MCERTS provides for the product certification of instruments, the competency certification of personnel and the accreditation of laboratories and on-site inspection.

Where an application requires the employment of continuous water monitors, MCERTS provides instrument manufacturers with an independent authoritative endorsement of their products. In addition, it gives confidence to potential users that the instrument selected is robust and performs to the standards accepted by UK regulatory bodies. Partech Instruments, as an international manufacturer of continuous water monitors is embracing MCERTS for its instruments designed for treated wastewater, untreated wastewater and receiving waters.

Where MCERTS will have the most impact is for those operators seeking to self-monitor effluent flows. There are two applications that are relevant to monitoring discharges: one for the self-monitoring of the effluent flow and which is now an established a continuing requirement, and the new requirement covering equipment certification.

With respect to the first, it was the aim of the Environment Agency to ensure that operator self-monitoring of flows is performed correctly and to an acceptable standard. Now it will be essential that the operator only uses instruments that have been independently quality assured in accordance with MCERTS. In other words, they must be fit for purpose. Furthermore, the Environment Agency would prefer to see continuous monitoring systems employed where measurement is carried out in-situ. This has the benefit of providing almost real-time results as opposed to snapshots of the long term discharge profile.

Under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive industrial operators are responsible for carrying out monitoring of emissions from installations that fall under the directive. If this involves continuous monitoring, then the determinands covered by MCERTS are: turbidity, pH, ammonia, COD, TOC, dissolved oxygen, total phosphorous, nitrate and total oxidised nitrogen. These are some of the most important parameters when monitoring discharges from wastewater treatment works and other industrial processes and in the future only analysers with MCERTS accreditation will be acceptable.

Attaining MCERTS approval will prove to be necessary for all manufacturers of continuous water monitors seeking to maintain their presence in the industry. There are no short cuts to gaining certification as conformity testing can only be carried out by laboratories that are accredited to EN ISO/IEC 17025:2000. Currently, conformity testing is available from Wrc, the Environment Agency’s national testing laboratory service and Sira Environmental Limited.

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