Waterscan by Waterline:

Iceberg Alley

Many remarkably shaped icebergs, some resembling castles, pyramids and archways pass close to the eastern shore of Labrador and Newfoundland in what is called Iceberg Alley. More than 2,000 icebergs a year float by this coastline, refrigerated by the cold water of the Labrador Current. Spring and early summer are the best times to observe… Read more »

Lithium laden salt flats

Lithium is an essential element for batteries that are increasingly used for storing electricity generated by renewable energy and to power electric cars and other rechargeable batteries used for powering electric gadgets and much else. The world’s largest lithium reserves are in the “lithium triangle”, covering Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Production is greatest at a… Read more »

Coastal erosion

Happisburgh, a village of about 600 homes, on the Norfolk coast, centuries ago lay inland whilst another settlement was near to the sea. However, as the coast eroded, Whimpwell disappeared and now Happisburgh teeters on the edge of the sea, with bungalows on cliff tops occasionally collapsing. Farther down the Norfolk coast, the village of… Read more »

High death rate at Sea Life Centre

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), which has a sponsorship deal with Sea Life, said that it was concerned about mortality rates, particularly among the aquarium’s sharks and rays. Of the 2,293 animals held at the aquarium in 2015-16, more than a third, 812, had died. Among sharks and rays a fifth had died, about double… Read more »

Deadly fish reaches Mediterranean resorts

Holidaymakers on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast encountered a dangerous creature this summer: a 50cm poisonous species named the “killer fish”. Fisherman in Bodrum report a surge in the number of silver-checked toadfish, a cousin of the dangerous delicacy, the pufferfish. The creature carries a substance 1,250 times more toxic than cyanide in its liver, ovaries and… Read more »

Palm oil dumped in UK waters

Foreign tankers are routinely dumping huge quantities of noxious palm oil off the British coast. In the past two years satellites operated by the European Maritime Agency identified several large spills in the British waters, two with trails extending for more than 44 miles. Palm oil is used in products including foods, soaps and biofuels…. Read more »

Alligator in Florida Swimming Pool

An 11ft alligator was dragged out of a backyard swimming pool in Sarasota, Florida by police and professional trappers. Officers said that it had broken through a fence. The reptile was released into the wild. How fortunate that the pool was not in use when the alligator made its entrance.

Queen’s hydroelectricity scheme criticised

Representatives of the Queen have submitted plans for a hydroelectricity scheme on a river running through, Balmoral, her 50,000 acre Aberdeenshire estate. They want to install a two-megawatt turbine, which would harness the power of the River Muick and generate electricity worth up to £650,000 a year.  However, constructing a power plant close to the… Read more »

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Cistermiser launches Vecta+ Sensor Tap Range

The Vecta+ Sensor Tap range are easy to install, as retrofit or new build installations. They help to improve hygiene and prevent the transfer of pathogens with no-touch controls. With an infrared tap, the water only runs while your hands are in range, so these taps reduce wasted water, increase efficiency, save energy and reduce costs, while maintaining reliability and high performance. For more information about these infrared taps, visit www.cistermiser.co.uk or call 0118 969 1611.

Velappity- Risk Assessment and Compliance Software

Velappity is a risk assessment and compliance solution that can reduce your reporting time by 50% and improve operational efficiency. Our forms module eliminates the drawbacks associated with paper-based reporting. You can easily create branded risk assessments and complex forms in a digital framework to complete inspections on-site, on any device. The integrated compliance module enables organisations to manage and report on all types of assets and complete inspection tests, raise non-compliances and report to clients, all within the app.

Effective Thermal Disinfection at POU

By using the readily available system temperature hot water supply (>60C), the patented ILTDU, In-Line Thermal Disinfection Unit, from Horne Engineering facilitates the only effective thermal disinfection of showers, taps, TMVs, their associated pipe-work feeds, ancillary fittings, mixed water deadleg and terminal outlet fitting. In conjunction with high velocity flushing, which shears excess biofilm from internal pipework surfaces (and represents 95% of the water system’s total bio-load) thus improving water quality, regular operation of the ILTDU further aids the risk-management of retrograde pathogens, e.g. opportunistic Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria and others. http://b.link/Pathogen-Control

HM&V Utilities Ltd – Helping you stay compliant

HM&V Utilities Ltd are a LCA Registered Water Hygiene and Utility Specialist based the South of the UK. We provide comprehensive packages to help clients stay compliant with their obligations under current legislation and law. From the initial Risk Assessment to corrective remedial actions, we have you covered. We are LCA registered and ISO9001 accredited to carry out Legionella Risk Assessments, Cleaning and Disinfection services as well as Sampling & Analytical Services.