Private well-owners The HSE recommends that private wells should be tested at least once a year for microbial contamination and at least once every three years for chemical contamination. Private wells can become easily contaminated by both human and animal wastes, land-spreading or run-off from surrounding land. If you have concerns about the quality of…

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Northern Ireland farmers will soon be required to carry out soil testing on their land prior to using chemical phosphorus-rich manures and phosphorus fertilisers. This requirement will take effect from 1 January 2020 under the Nutrient Action Programme 2019-2022. Farmers receiving the Basic Payment Scheme must comply with soil testing requirements. Regular soil testing is…

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Trade Effluent to Sewers

As an Environmental Consultancy company, we are increasingly coming across businesses which have difficulties because they have not obtained a licence for discharging their Trade Effluent* to the sewer. This can result in prosecution and negative publicity, all of which can be costly for the business. Do I need a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence for…

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The Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) of a soil is an intrinsic property of the soil. It determines the soils ability to move nutrients from the soil particles to the soil solution where it is readily available for plant uptake. Knowing your soil’s CEC is invaluable when determining your soils fertiliser requirements. Nonetheless, in recent years…

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Domestic drinking water tap

Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D. Minister for the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government has announced a new investment programme for water services in rural areas. This includes an increase to the grant available to homeowners for refurbishment works or installation of a domestic well in rural areas. The maximum grant available for renovation has…

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As the UK prepares to leave the EU you may be wondering how this will impact your industry. If you currently avail of contract laboratory services in the UK the effects of a no deal Brexit may have major implications on the ability of UK based laboratories to provide a reliable service. Transport, Sample Preservation…

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