We have the right to enter your site at any reasonable time to take a sample of your trade effluent.
For any samples taken by Southern Water you will receive an analysis certificate with the sample results. All sample analysis will be provided to your retailer.
We routinely inspect and sample trade effluent discharges in order to:
The method of sampling will depend on the volume and quality of the trade effluent being discharged:
As part of a consent, a trader is required to provide a sampling point so that samples of trade effluent can be given for control and charging purposes:
The sampling point must be easily accessed and should not normally be in an area with limited access.
The inspection point must allow samples to be taken without anyone entering a manhole chamber and without exposing them to any other hazard.
There should be no temporary or permanent obstructions to the inspection point.
This includes obstruction caused by equipment, materials, deliveries or vehicles and should not be locked.
Our staff should have access at all reasonable times. This is usually within working hours, but in certain circumstances it may be necessary to sample at other times.
Self-monitoring requirements may be incorporated into trade effluent consents.
Customers are encouraged to set up self-monitoring programmes as they assist with the early detection of problems and are good practice.
Both the occupier of the premises and Southern Water have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure that any visiting Southern Water employees can safely carry out their duties.
Our employees shall act with due care for their own health and safety and observe any site specific health and safety arrangements.