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EDITOR’S COMMENT

Pollution solutions

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reat news! More pollution! More regulation! More opportunities! The world of water sampling and monitoring is a complex and

dynamic place to be at the present time. And the reason is that the true value of water is at last starting to compute.

The scales used to measure gold are much finer than those used to

measure sand. As the actual and perceived value of water rises, the companies able to offer equipment and services that can best meet, and evidence meeting, policy goals and discharge criteria will be the ones that find most success in the market. The Water Framework Directive means that the push is on for higher

quality water bodies. Climate change means that diffuse pollution is likely to increase. Population growth and energy price volatility means that demand needs to be better monitored and controlled. Carbon reduction expectations are driving everything. And delivering this complex agenda can only be achieved with the information provided by greater levels of instrumentation and diagnosis. While it met with resistance initially, the Environment Agency (EA)’s

MCERTS scheme is now a benchmark sought by sales managers whose corporate boards are slow off the mark. Those with products endorsed by the scheme say that it is giving them the lead, (see pages 8 and 14). The laboratory sector too is going through a sea change, with the

introduction of the MCERTS standard for water sampling (see page 6); the EA’s in-house service has now opened up to the wider market (see page 4) and innovative technologies are providing more efficient solutions (see page 10). In WWT’s first Sampling & Monitoring supplement, I hope to have

captured some of the themes and technologies that will help reshape this transitory landscape. ■■■

Natasha Wiseman, editor natasha.wiseman@fav-house.com

CONTENTS

4 Sampling & testing

The National Laboratory Service sharpens its commercial credentials and launches a passive sampling device

6 Accreditation & certification

UKAS assessment manager Richard McFarlane provides an update on the water sampling standard for labs; Experts discuss ways of getting the best out of the Environment Agency’s MCERTS scheme

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10 Innovation

Laboratory equipment manufacturers gather in Cambridge to show their wares

13Technology round-up

Latest instrumentation product news and case studies

Cover image: The Passive Sampler launched by NLS is put to work in UK rivers, see page 4

May 2010 Sampling & Monitoring

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