The Importance of Regular Water System Monitoring

Water is so fundamental to our existence we sometimes forget that just getting it into our business premises in a state that is safe and usable is a task in of itself. The systems that carry our water to us are susceptible to all kinds of damage and risk factors that can harm people, pets and the environment.

Staying on top of these hazards means conducting a regular water risk assessment in your building, so that any symptoms can be addressed as soon as possible and before they become dangerous.

Public Health Assurance

Each year, 3.5 million people are killed by waterborne diseases including cholera, dysentery, giardiasis, typhoid and E. coli. Climate change is exacerbating these risks by increasing temperatures, creating breeding grounds for bacteria, as well as contributing to a higher rate of extreme weather events which can lead to wastewater contaminating drinking water.

With regular water risk assessments, such as a risk assessment for legionella, and preventative water system maintenance, it’s possible to address these issues before they become serious threats and potentially prevent them altogether.

Environmental Impact 

If water systems are left unchecked, they can contribute to environmental pollution and degradation. Aside from bacteria, water can carry a plethora of pollutants, from chemicals and plastics to excessive fertiliser levels and other substances that lead to blooms of algae and other potentially damaging growths that disrupt ecosystems and damage waterways.

Water risk assessments are key to helping spot issues and ensure that water that’s reaching our environments won’t damage them.

Compliance with Regulations 

Because of the potential risks involved when it comes to untreated water, governments and environmental agencies have put strict regulations in place, including HSG274 part 2 and 3 and the Health and Safety at Work Act, to ensure water that is supplied to buildings as well as released into the environment won’t harm its recipients. Those who are found to be in breach of these regulations can face a range of serious ramifications.

The only way to know whether your water supply systems are up to scratch is with regular water risk assessments that look for issues such as infrastructure failures, cracked pipes, corrosion, biofilms and other potential health concerns.

scientist in a protective suit and mask, collects legionella samples from the pond in a Petri dish

Early Detection of Issues

Most issues in water systems are avoidable, and regular water risk assessments can help you spot and prevent them before they become costly, dangerous or both.

Infrastructure Maintenance and Longevity – by monitoring your water system and looking for faults early on, you can extend the lifespan of your infrastructure and ensure a reliable water supply long-term

Resource Efficiency – issues in your water system can cause complications as well as drain resources such as energy and manpower faster, but regular oversight of the health of your system can help reduce inefficiencies and prevent downtimes

Emergency Preparedness – without knowing what the normal operation of your water supply system looks like, how will you know when something’s wrong until it’s too late? By establishing a baseline with regular water risk assessments, you can spot problems coming and establish early warning signals

Community Awareness – most people don’t often consider the risks around excessive or irresponsible water usage, but water risk assessments could help foster community awareness around the dangers associated with improper water usage

Contact Watercare Solutions for a Water Risk Assessment

At Watercare Solutions, we offer water risk assessment services to help you spot and prevent any water issues before they can become expensive or dangerous.

For your free quote, get in touch with us today using our form, by calling us on 01299 271144, or by emailing us at mark@watercaresolutions.co.uk.