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Environmental Monitoring

KD Environmental Ltd. provides for compliancy monitoring to meet your IPPC, Waste or Discharge license needs. We perform in-situ analysis of waters and wastewaters allowing for on site indication of pollution status. On site monitoring is performed using recognised methodology and advanced monitoring equipment to ensure quality analytical data. Our expertise and experience in monitoring for a wide range of industries allows you to have confidence in our results.

Surface water & Ground water monitoring

KD Environmental  Ltd. provides compliance monitoring of surface and ground waters for IPPC, Waste and local authority licenses.
Air monitoring

KD Environmental Ltd. can provide monitoring of air emissions for IPPC and waste license compliancy to ensure emissions are within Emission Limit Values (ELV). We can monitor emissions for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Flue Gases (CO, NOX, SOX) and other compounds. Calculation of mass emissions and solvent balances from monitoring results can be provided.
Dust monitoring

KD Environmental Ltd. provides for settleable or deposition dust monitoring using the ‘Bergerhoff’ method VDI 2119. It is a requirement of many waste, quarrying and manufacturing facilities. A limit of 350mg/m3/day is recommended by the EPA. Dust abatement and compliance with recommended limits result in a reduced number of complaints from neighbouring buildings and dwellings.

Environmental Noise monitoring

Noise monitoring is carried out at noise sensitive locations such as private dwellings and schools that are  within the vicinity of a facility. Monitoring is also carried out and at a facility's boundary to prevent nuisance noise generation. It is a requirement under EPA licenses (IPPC & Waste), local authority waste licenses and planning permission for commercial facilities.

Noise limits of 55 dB(A) for daytime hours and 45 dB(A) for night time hours are set by the EPA and local authorities. In 2012, the EPA published a new noise guidance document – NG4. In summary this new guidance introduced an evening time limit of 50 dB(A) for newly licensed facilities and increased the number of noise readings taken at each noise sensitive location during monitoring to three during daytime hours and two during night hours.

Landfill Gas Monitoring

KD Environmental Ltd. perform monitoring of landfill gas build up and emissions from the biodegrading of buried organic waste at landfills. We can measure landfill gas emitted at installed gas wells for Methane, Carbon monoxide and Hydrogen sulphide, temperature, pressure and % oxygen.

Drinking Water Monitoring

KD Environmental Ltd. provides sterile sampling of drinking water from mains supply, group water schemes and private wells.  Drinking Water is analysed for 13 Check Drinking Water parameters under the European Communities (Drinking Water) Regulations 2007 (SI 278 of 2007). These include  Aluminium, Ammonia, Clostridia, Total Coliforms, Colour, Conductivity, E Coli, Iron, Nitrite, pH, Hardness, Turbidity, Manganese. An interpretive report is provived by KD Environmental Ltd. comparing results to Water Regulations.

Regular drinking water testing allows for confidence in the quality and safety of your drinking water supply and should be undertaken for all new builds and intermittently in all private and public buildings.
Pipe Chlorination & Well Disinfection

Pipe Chlorination & Well Disinfection is necessary for all residents who source their water from private wells. Regular chlorination of the well and the drinking water supply pipework is important in maintaining microbiologically safe water and prevents illness as a result of contamination from E.Coli and Clostridium. Private well water receives no outside treatment  as is the case with mains water and group water scheme water. The land or house owner should ensure that water meets quality criteria under the 2007 drinking water regulations.

Boiler combustion efficiency

Heat energy leaving a boiler exhaust flue (or stack) is often the largest single source of lost fuel energy and is made up of the Dry Gas loss and Latent Heat Loss. Although some flue loss is unavoidable, an equipment tune-up using combustion analysis data can often significantly reduce this source of heat loss and save fuel costs by improving fuel efficiency. A boiler combustion efficiency test will allow for a reduction in heat loss and flue gas emissions by determining the efficiency of the combustion process which highlights maintenance issues with the boiler. During testing, the Carbon monoxide to Carbon dioxide ratio is calculated. The lower the Carbon monoxide in the flue gas the more efficient the combustion process.
Ground Blast and Vibration Monitoring

Vibration monitoring is an essential part of day to day site management in the construction industry. It is also required in the mining industry during blasting to prevent nuisance vibration to neighbouring dwellings/facilities. Monitoring is performed using seismographs placed in vibration sensitive locations.
Guidance notes on instrument placing and can be found in monitoring standards such as;

BS 5228 Control of Noise and Vibration on Open Sites :2009
BS 7385 Evaluation and measurement for vibration in buildings - 1990
BS 6472 -1 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings:2008


Biological Monitoring of Waterbodies (Q rating & Small Streams Risk Score)

The macro invertebrate population of a stream or river is directly dependent on water quality and is used as an indication of the health of the waterbody. Mayfly, stonefly and caddis fly larvae are pollution sensitive and their presence in the substrate of the stream/river indicates good water quality. Other macro invertebrates are pollution tolerant and their presence indicates poor water quality. ‘Kick’ sampling of the river substrate and scoring the rivers Q rating based on its population is required by IPPC and waste license holders.It is performed from May to September.