Bathing Waters: Current & Future Environmental Monitoring Requirements

April 18th, 2012

This workshop was hosted by the National Oceanography Centre and chaired by Justin Dunning of Chelsea Technologies.  45 delegates came together at this impressive location to hear about the Environment Agency’s work on bathing beach protection and the challenges ahead with the new Bathing Water Directive, in particular the economic imperatives for maintaining bathing water quality.  Chelsea Technologies then presented work on a new sensor, before we heard from welsh Water and some forward-thinking ideas about surface water recovery to reduce CSO spills.

The NOC outlined their work on micro-fluidic sensors and CSols presented a useful tool to help the Environment Agency with the volume of work whilst also reducing costs.  Finally the University of Stirling discussed the work of a knowledge transfer network which examines molecular sensing methods and the future needs of regulators.

After the workshop, we had a very interesting tour of the NOC sensor development laboratories.