Posted: Wednesday 11th January 2017

National independent waste management company CSG, which began life over 80 years ago as a local sewage collection company in rural Hampshire, has adopted British Water's Small Sewage Treatment Plant Accreditation Scheme for Service Engineers as part of the company's £100,000 per annum training programme.

Fareham-based CSG is now the UK market leader in the sewage collection and treatment sector, servicing the off-mains drainage of thousands of domestic and commercial customers. Its service engineers are also responsible for maintaining treatment plants all over the country, ensuring the systems operate as they should.

According to British Water: "There are a large number of sewage treatment plants of differing designs and ages across the country, but there's increasing concern about the potential amount of pollution these plants could cause.

"One of the primary ways of preventing this pollution is to ensure that the plant is properly and correctly maintained.

"British Water has been working closely with the environmental regulators to develop a training and accreditation scheme for service engineers and the regulators regard this as an important step in the prevention of pollution."

The training course has been developed to ensure that the service engineer has a thorough understanding of the types, theory and operation of small sewage plant including an understanding of common faults and how to rectify them, and the operation of different types of plant.

Engineers undergo a two-day training course before completing an independently assessed questionnaire. Success in the questionnaire leads to accreditation and the issue of the Qualified Service Engineer certificate and identity card. The accreditation is valid for three years and shows that the engineer has the right skills for the job.

CSG has embraced the scheme and five of the company's seven service engineers are already accredited.

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