Chemicals investigation programme

The UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) and the Environment Agency (EA) created the Chemicals Investigation Programme (CIP) to provide management and control of the priority chemicals listed under the Priority Substances Directive and emerging substances highlighted in the watch list.

RPS has been repeatedly commissioned to deliver the demanding objectives set out in the CIP programme, to meet regulator y compliance and sign off for key utility companies such as: United Utilities, Thames Water, Southern Water and Welsh Water.

The work carried out includes the sampling and analysis of rivers, treatment works, trade effluents, sediments and sewage sludge on 27,000 samples for over 150 priority and emerging substances at ultra-trace levels required to meet the WFD environmental quality standards using the latest LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS technology.

RPS was awarded the following work:

  • CIP1 2011 – 2014 United Utilities, Southern Water and Thames Water,
  • CIP2 2015 – 2020 United Utilities, Thames Water and Welsh Water,
  • CIP3 2020 – 2021 Chem 7 Sludges for all 10 Water Companies taking part in CIP3,
  • CIP3 2020 – 2025 United Utilities, Thames Water and Welsh Water.

This directly relates to the research programmes and pilot trials 2011-2020 United Utilities, Thames Water, Atkins, Environment Agency, UKWIR, and Irish EPA.

What does this mean for you?

RPS has a great deal of experience and knowledge of Priority and Emerging Substances and is able to provide a complete in-house service for monitoring these chemicals in an environmental context. These projects have helped grow our reputation for delivering complex multi-disciplinary services across the range of RPS businesses which demonstrates how we can meet the needs of our customers and how we will continue to do so in the future.

This involved sampling and analysis of river water, trade effluent sewage and sewage sludge in order to assess the levels of Priority and Emerging Substances within the wastewater network.

Our expertise

  • Effective Project Management
  • Extensive experience of working with Water Plc’s
  • In house method development
  • In-house sampling and analytical teams
  • State-of-the-art analytical instrumentation
  • Validated analytical methods

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