Radioactivity drinking water analysis laboratories

Details of the contacts, accreditation and advice for the laboratories are provided below for each analysis. This table will be updated with additional information/laboratories should this become available.

Scottish water do not offer external analysis outside Scotland.

Analysis of drinking water supplies should be carried out by DWTS accredited laboratories, with the exception of radionuclide speciation which should be carried out to ISO 17025 accreditation. The laboratories listed below may also provide consultancy services or provide advice regarding radioactive parameters.

Radon

 

Laboratory Contact Bottle type Accreditation Advice

South West Water

Commercial Laboratory Services, Annette Cockayne
Tel: 01392 443281

500ml PET

DWTS & ISO 17025

Samples must be stored inverted with no air bubbles

LGC

Gary Bird
Tel: 02089437634

Provided

DWTS & ISO 17025

If required

United Utilities

Joanne Whitehead
Tel: 01925 678935

Provided

DWTS & ISO 17025

Sample to be filled slowly and with no headspace. Once closed, seal must not be broken

Amec Foster Wheeler

Joe Turner
01925 675366

Supplied if required

None

A wide range of consultancy services can be provided

 

Gross Alpha and Gross Beta

 

Laboratory Contact Bottle type Accreditation Advice

South West Water

Commercial Laboratory Services, Annette Cockayne
Tel: 01392 443281

1000ml plastic wide necked containers

DWTS & ISO 17025

 

LGC

Gary Bird
Tel: 02089437634

Supplied if required

DWTS & ISO 17025

If required

South East Water

Laboratory Commercial Development Manager, Philip Palmer
Tel: 01634 276384

1000ml PTFE (stabilise sample with 10ml nitric acid)

DWTS & ISO 17025

Method currently under revalidation and will be available soon.

United Utilities

Joanne Whitehead
Tel: 01925 678935

1000ml sample required, bottle provided

DWTS & ISO 17025

 

Thames Water via mutual aid and emergency response

Metals Technical Manager, Graham Coe
Tel: 07747 643943

1000ml PET (stabilise with 10ml 5M nitric acid)

DWTS & ISO 17025

Do not carry out commercial analysis

Amec Foster Wheeler

Joe Turner
01925 675366

Supplied if required

ISO/IEC 17025

A wide range of consultancy services can be provided

Severn Trent Water via mutual aid & emergency response

Services Manager
Sue Clancy CChem MRSC Chemistry
07889631465

2 litre plastic bottles (acidified in the laboratory)

DWTS & ISO 17025

Do not carry out commercial analysis

 

Tritium

 

Laboratory Contact Bottle type Accreditation Advice

South West Water

Commercial Laboratory Services, Annette Cockayne
Tel: 01392 443281

500ml PET

DWTS & ISO 17025

Currently offered on a 20 working day turnaround

LGC

Gary Bird
Tel: 02089437634

Supplied if required

DWTS & ISO 17025

If required

Amec Foster Wheeler

Joe Turner
01925 675366

Supplied if required

ISO/IEC 17025

A wide range of consultancy services can be provided

Severn Trent Water via Mutual Aid & Emergency Response

Services Manager
Sue Clancy CChem MRSC Chemistry
07889631465

250 ml amber glass bottles

DWTS & ISO 17025

Do not carry out commercial analysis

 

Indicative Dose

 

Laboratory Contact Bottle type Accreditation Advice

South West Water

Commercial Laboratory Services, Annette Cockayne
Tel: 01392 443281

n/a

DWTS & ISO 17025

Calculated from other results, requires speciation if screening values are above the threshold values

LGC

Gary Bird
Tel: 02089437634

n/a

DWTS in preparation & ISO 17025

If required

Amec Foster Wheeler

Joe Turner
01925 675366

N/A

None

A wide range of consultancy services can be provided

 

Radionuclides

 

Laboratory Contact Bottle type Accreditation Advice

South West Water

Commercial Laboratory Services, Annette Cockayne
Tel: 01392 443281

5000ml container

subcontracted

Po-210, Ra-226, U-234, U-235 & U-238

LGC

Gary Bird
Tel: 02089437634

Supplied if required

ISO 17025

U, Pu, Am, Th, Ra-226, Po-210, Sr-90, C-14, I-125, I-129, Tc-99 & Gamma spectrometry

United Utilities

Joanne Whitehead
Tel: 01925 678935

1000ml sample required, bottle provided

DWTS & ISO 17025

Am-241, Ba-133, Be-7, Ce-144, Co-60, Cs-134, Cs-137, Eu-152, I-131, Nb-95, Np-237, Pa-233, Rh-106, Zn-65, Zr-95 & Gamma spectrometry

Amec Foster Wheeler

Joe Turner
01925 675366

Supplied if required

ISO/IEC 17025

High-resolution gamma spectrometry, U isotopes (inc. natural and recycled), Pu isotopes (inc. Pu-238, 239+240, 241 & 242),     Am-241, Cm isotopes (inc. Cm-242 & 243+244),  Th isotopes (inc. Th-228, 229, 230 & 232),  Sr-90, C-14, Tc-99,  Fe-55, Ni-63, Other radionuclides available that are unaccredited include Ra-226, Po-210,  I-129, S-35 and Ca-45

 

Page reviewed: 05 September 2016
Page modified: 05 September 2016

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