Hydrogeologist's business vision offers UK's widest product range for groundwater monitoring and remediation.
12 October 2009, News release from Advantage West Midlands
A hydrogeologist's introduction of an innovative monitoring pump to the UK in 1991, proved the foundation for a company now marketing the country's widest groundwater equipment range.
Over the last two decades, the need to safeguard water-resource quality has stimulated groundwater monitoring significantly. Groundwater forms most of the world's freshwater resources, sustains many of our river-flows and provides over 35% of public water supplies in England and Wales - worth over £2billion.
Experience in Canada enabled hydrogeologists Peter Dumble and David Charlesworth, to forsee UK demand-growth for groundwater monitoring equipment. As commercial, infrastructure and domestic developments accelerated, they established Waterra, in 1991, through marketing an inertial pump - enabling efficient groundwater sampling from narrow boreholes.
Eighteen years later, Managing Director Peter Dumble believes Waterra offers the UK's most comprehensive groundwater equipment range, comprising hundreds of products and components, able to meet virtually every groundwater monitoring need.
Long-experience enables Waterra to procure extensive equipment ranges through advanced supply chains - chiefly in North America, UK and Europe - to meet home and overseas market growth. First in its field to add ISO14001 environmental accreditation to ISO9001, Waterra also has products made to its own specification.
Its products and expertise are valued by environmental consultancies, contractors and researchers, blue-chip businesses, water companies, landfill operators and government, as well as environmental bodies and agencies. Its training programmes provide valuable customer-support through helping to improve equipment-specification skills.
Environmental issues, including climate change, have increased regulatory focus on groundwater resources. Waterra equipment has enabled assessment of ground conditions and environmental impact in infrastructure projects, including Channel Tunnel's rail link, the M74 extension and Belfast docks, among many. Reclamation of brownfield sites is increasing in significance, with Waterra equipment being used to assess former gasworks, chemical and sewage treatment works, petroleum and nuclear sites.
Notable projects include the 2012 Olympics, Manchester's Commonwealth Games in 2002, and Glasgow for 2014. Landfill developments have increased demand from operators such as SITA, Veolia and Biffa, underpinned by Peter Dumble's technical authorship of the Environment Agency Guidance for monitoring landfill's potential contaminating effects on groundwater and surface water quality.
Aid agencies, Oxfam, Tear Fund and Water Aid, have used Waterra equipment and training to improve evaluation of water resources, helping displaced people in Darfur, and elsewhere. The recent EU Water Framework, and associated Directives, are increasing the UK's monitoring and remediation needs in seeking to conserve groundwater resources.
In providing a broad and innovative international product range, Waterra uses an impressive, integrated IT-system and prides itself on a responsive customer service, backed by technical training. Financially strong, the business is well-positioned to meet an increasingly sophisticated and technically demanding groundwater-equipment market.
Waterra's Managing Director, Peter Dumble, says:
"Our equipment range and central location put Waterra at the hub of the UK groundwater industry. We closely monitor regulatory controls which safeguard and monitor groundwater. They're significant industry drivers, even during recession. Our market communications benefit greatly from the strategic and business support offered through Advantage West Midlands' environmental technologies cluster."
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