AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY A provider of a wide range of pumps throughout London and the Home Counties uses a Micronics U1000 flowmeter in a system at the Blavatnik Building, Oxford University. Thames Water needed to know how much groundwater was being released into the foul mains.

The existing flowmeter was a magnetic one, which causes a build- up of calcium scale which, in turn blocked the pipework. Therefore they called on SI Pumps of Oxford to advise them on an alternative. Nick Dunn, SI’s Chief Engineer and Service Manager had originally heard of Micronics via the Micronics website.

He had hired a U1000 for a biomass project at London Heathrow airport so had full confidence that the U1000 would provide an excellent service. He is very satisfied with the performance of the company, which has been providing reliable flow measurement solutions since 1985.

Dunn said: “Micronics meters are far quicker and much more cost- effective to install. This is because you don’t need to cut into pipes which means that fitting costs are minimal as the system does not need to be drained down or pipes cut into. Because it is configured for pipe size there is only nominal configuration on site. The data we have gathered has been very accurate and its operation has been outstanding.”

The U1000 is a fixed, clamp- on flowmeter which is part of a comprehensive range of flowmeters, which also includes portable units. Micronics is a long-established, reliable manufacturer established over 30 years ago, SI Pumps have offices in Oxford and at Heathrow. They provide new and retrofit installations of pumps for residential and commercial use and are distributors of all major pump manufacturers product.

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REAL LIVING WAGE EMCOR UK has committed to pay the Real Living Wage to its employees that work in facilities leased to and occupied by the company.

The provider of facilities, asset and workplace management services has also further committed to work with all existing and potential customers and supply chain partners to promote the adoption of the Real Living Wage for all employees and will submit a


separately costed Living Wage bid where possible.

The Living Wage was launched by Citizens UK in 2001 and the principle behind the Living Wage is that work should bring dignity and should enable families to enjoy the essentials of life. The Living Wage is calculated annually according to the basic cost of living in the UK and expressed as an hourly wage rate – both a national and London rate.

Currently the statutory National Living Wage for 21-24 year olds is

£8.36 per hour and for 25s and over is £8.91 per hour. The voluntary Real Living Wage is £9.50 per hour across the UK and £10.85 in London.

Research by the Living Wage Foundation reveals that 80% of employers believe that the paying the Real Living Wage has enhanced the quality of the work of their employees, while absenteeism has fallen by approximately 25%, and 75% say it has increased employee motivation and retention rates.

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