Water Treatment

What is a good water maintenance program?

What constitutes a good monitoring program depends solely on your provider. Some believe following ACOP (L8), to minimum standards is 'good', but we feel differently. Following to minimum standards is purely that – 'minimum'. For a good program, we recommend going the extra mile, beyond the minimum standards, to make sure your building is safe, which doesn't necessarily mean spending more money.

Generally, maintenance programs consist of monthly monitoring. Buildings with low use outlets will have to have weekly checks and flushes to make sure the water is not becoming stagnant. Some people believe that this could be very costly, and a nuisance to their building occupants. However, we have made it easy, by introducing training for on-site personnel, to enable them to complete them as part of their normal routine. These services can be requested as a part of your monitoring program. When coming to visit your facility, our engineer will ensure that all these weekly checks are being carried out, and assess the results recorded.

'Monthly' testing primarily consist of testing sentinel outlets and little used outlets. The temperatures, condition and any other special attributes will be checked for compliance.

There are times, during monthly visits, where extra monitoring is necessary, to protect other areas, in the building that need more attention. These intervals are referred to as 'quarterly', 'six monthly' and 'annual' service checks. They could include a multitude of different tasks, depending on your building assets.

For example, a building with a TMV asset (thermostatic mixing valve), will need it to be serviced and re-commissioned in the 'six monthly' visit (twice a year). Likewise, if a building has a water storage tank asset, then visual and temperature checks must be carried out frequently (depending on the initial condition of the tank, this could be anywhere between 'quarterly' to 'six monthly') and must have an 'annual' visit, for a full and thorough inspection, including bacteriological samples.

Your personal contract manager will help you configure the correct plan, pending the results of the initial risk assessment, or the results of the latest risk assessment that is considered valid.

If any of the above maintenance is not being carried out, by your contractor, and you feel it should be, please contact our consultancy team to help you become compliant.

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