As the focus on water quality in our rivers lakes and oceans increases, pollution incidents have become environmentally unacceptable, with clean-up costs and fines running into hundreds of thousands of pounds, not to mention the bad publicity and brand impact.

As a nation, we spend millions of pounds each year installing efficient site drainage and then often forget to maintain the critical components which can lead to flooding and pollution incidents. On pollution, the law simply states ‘The Polluter Pays’ so it’s a company’s responsibility to know about the pollution control systems you have and keep a maintenance log for inspection by the Environment Agency.

Oil separators (one of the many products that we can service, see our brochure for the full list of products that we can service) are designed to capture oil and hazardous substances (such as metals and suspended solids) that would otherwise pollute the environment. If your separator is not properly serviced and monitored, it can suffer blockages which can cause overflow or flooding, eventually polluting waterways. Experience peace of mind with our plans which will help ensure business continuity, reduce the risk of pollution, whilst helping to avoid potential fines for non-compliance with EN 858-2 guidelines.

SPEL Engineers are fully trained in operation, maintenance, and compliance with a network of tanker support for cleaning and survey projects. With bespoke, one-off service packages and ongoing contracts, both tailored to your site-specific needs, you will only pay for what is relevant for your project.


Why Choose SPELGuard?

Stormwater treatment devices are designed to capture and treat pollutants in stormwater runoff before it is discharged into nearby water bodies such as rivers, lakes, and streams. These devices can include a range of infrastructures such as detention ponds, wetlands, bioswales, and filtration systems.

Maintenance of stormwater treatment devices is essential because, without proper upkeep, they can become less effective over time and may even fail completely. The following are some reasons why maintenance is important:

  1. Prevents Clogging: Stormwater treatment devices can become clogged with debris such as leaves, sediment, and litter. When this happens, the device’s capacity to capture and treat stormwater is reduced, and water may bypass the device altogether, carrying pollutants directly into the water network. Regular maintenance can prevent clogging and ensure the device is functioning as intended.
  2. Extends the Life of the Device: Stormwater treatment devices are a significant investment, and proper maintenance can extend their life span, which means less frequent replacement and cost savings in the long run.
  3. Protects Water Quality: Stormwater runoff can contain pollutants such as oil, grease, heavy metals, and nutrients, which can harm aquatic life and affect human health. Stormwater treatment devices are designed to capture and remove these pollutants, but if they are not maintained correctly, they may not be effective, and the water quality could be compromised.
  4. Complies with Regulations: Many stormwater treatment devices are required by local regulations, and failure to maintain them can result in fines and legal action.

In summary, maintenance of stormwater treatment devices is critical to ensuring they function correctly, protect water quality, and comply with regulations. Regular inspections and upkeep can prevent costly repairs and replacements, protect the environment, and promote public health and safety.

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To get in touch with our SPELGuard team, contact: / (01743) 445 200