Sectors Water Utilities
The imposition of ever increasing fines, penalties and threat of reputational damage following sewage pollution incidents is a real commercial risk to the Water Utilities sector.
At OHES we work closely with Water Utility companies to protect their interests through the collection, interpretation and presentation of robust environmental data following a sewage release event. As ex-environmental regulators we are experienced in responding to incident situations where watercourses have been polluted and have attended over 2500 sewage incidents in the last 2 years
Our “AquaTic” service has helped water companies achieve their ODI targets and avoid penalties. The data we collect provides evidence of the environmental impact and can be used to potentially downgrade an incident through the Environment Agency challenge process. We estimate that our service has saved water companies over £8.5M in penalties.
Our Category 1 Pollution Incident Mitigation Service is designed for the most serious sewage incidents and as such operates 24/7. A dedicated phone number gives water companies immediate access to a range of services including:
- Emergency attendance
- Walkover Survey
- Water Quality Field Readings
- Chemical and Biological sample retrieval
- Water quality reporting against Water Framework Directive Environmental Quality Standards
- Fish Mortality Assessment & Fish rescue
- Aeration utilising Hydrogen Peroxide
- Post Incident recovery monitoring (Chemical, Macroinvertebrates, Fish)
Our service is Achilles UVDB Verify accredited (98% achieved in 2017).