Alpha Scientific Sittingbourne Lab celebrates 100,000 samples

The ADEY Group Commercial Water Testing laboratory in Sittingbourne have marked a significant milestone, having received their 100,000th sample since opening its doors in 2018.

The 100,000th sample was sent in by Elliot Betts, an engineer working for London-based specialist DSW Water Treatment and Engineering Ltd. Mo Jassal, Head of Chemistry at ADEY, spoke with David Sparrowe, owner of DSW Ltd about how he has seen a change in commercial water testing during these challenging times.

‘We are seeing higher Legionella positives than average right now which is no surprise as commercial buildings continue to remain temporary unoccupied and water supplies to such buildings become a dead leg.’ Explains David, ‘This still water within the system can become a high risk if not tested and treated prior to opening the buildings back up. Our teams are extremely busy testing, treating, and re-testing systems to make sure it is safe and there is no risk to health from microbiological pathogens such as Legionella. We don’t see this slowing down in the next few months as the lockdown eases and we start to see more buildings opening back up.

As well as unoccupied buildings, our engineers are also busy with protecting buildings which are temporarily being used by key workers and the army. It is our obligation to keep them safe to continue to do the fantastic work they are doing for our country.

We are equipped with appropriate PPE and follow the guidelines in place however, many buildings we work in are empty, so social distancing is not so much of an issue. Our staff have certainly appreciated the quieter roads.

David continues, ‘During these busy times it is important for me to know that not only are the tests being carried out by a UKAS accredited laboratory to the highest standards, but that there is a proactive approach to supporting my business from the lab team. Having dealt with several labs in the past, it was refreshing to work in partnership with ADEY who supports me and my staff with not only results but also corrective advice and support.’

Elliot Betts was the lucky engineer who took the 100,000 sample and in receipt of a congratulatory bottle of champagne from the ADEY Commercial Water Testing team. Elliot commented, ‘It was a nice surprise to know that I am the person to have submitted ADEY’s 100,000 sample and pleased to have been a part of marking this moment in time.’

Alpha Scientific, part of ADEY Group has three laboratories in Sittingbourne, Slough and Manchester opening soon. We provide a comprehensive range of testing including BSRIA, water hygiene, swimming pools and legionella.

For further information on the services provided by Alpha Scientific email

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