South East Water laboratory given top marks

Posted: Tuesday 1st March 2016

South East Water’s laboratory has improved its analytical excellence according to the UK’s national accreditation body following a recent assessment.

The Company’s laboratory at Southwood Business Park, Farnborough, Hampshire, was assessed for monitoring water quality by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

During the five-day assessment visit, scientists at the laboratory were commended for their motivation and enthusiasm and their high quality analysis which was measured against strict international quality standards and drinking water specifications.

Assessors were also impressed with the new facilities after staff at the water company completed its relocation from its former home in Frimley, Surrey, to the new state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot, purpose built laboratory.

Richard Brown, Laboratory Manager at South East Water, said: “UKAS accreditation is an important accolade for the company and we are delighted to get great feedback from the assessors about our performance over the last 12 months.

“Our latest assessment comes on the back of an important year for the team at South East Water’s Scientific Services as we have completed the move into our new state-of-the-art laboratory here in Southwood, Farnborough.

“Holding UKAS accreditation means our customers can remain assured they are receiving top quality drinking water from their taps and it confirms we have high quality testing systems in place to make sure it stays that way.”

Jon Murthy, Marketing Manager at UKAS, said: “Congratulations to everyone at South East Water’s Scientific Services on their achievement. The Drinking Water Inspectorate makes it mandatory for laboratories carrying out the analysis of drinking water to be accredited by UKAS.

“The assessment process is rigorous and independent, underpinning both customer and regulator confidence across a wide range of industries.”

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