... as the saying goes. Because our financial year ends 31st December, January is necessarily spent looking back at the previous year but, when February comes, it’s time to forge ahead. Last year was a great one for us, we survived the tumult of the world economies and we’re well placed for 2011 - although it’s hard to imagine it could be as exciting as 2010.
We’re starting on a high. We have plenty of new equipment we want to tell you about and I must apologise because that means there is a lot to read – but please stick with it. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are and that the new equipment is just what you’ve been waiting for!
Vincent van Walt
Our plans for 2011 are ambitious and, because many of the initiatives will affect you, here is a quick round-up of what to look out for in the coming year from us. More detail can be found on our website and, in some cases, further on in this newsletter.
A week in the Californian sunshine in January – who wouldn’t want to go? For us it was more than just a few days away from the Great British winter – it was an opportunity, a one-stop-shop for all things environmental: equipment, methodologies, techniques and legislation.
Sponsored by some of the most well known organisations in our field and presented by The Nielsen Environmental Field School – who has more than 60 years of practical field experience and more than 50 years of International teaching experience, it was our chance to ensure we’re up to date with environmental site characterisation, monitoring, sampling and remediation technology.
Bill Bryson, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has called for a clean up of England’s railway stations, tracks and sidings. As well as a well known author of humorous travel books Mr Bryson is an active anti-litter campaigner and his mission to get train companies to remove the ‘trash on their tracks’ is worthy of our support.
As part of the campaign Bill and the other campaigners plan to take out litter abatement orders that can force public land managers to keep their land free of litter. Although the rail companies are not the only offenders Mr Bryson plans to personally seek a litter abatement order against Network Rail because he feels it has 'continually failed' to clear up rubbish along tracks in Cambridgeshire.
It is fair to say that during our trip to the US to the environmental field conference low flow, passive and no purge sampling techniques were seen as the way forward for groundwater research. In the US these methods are now an accepted method of sampling (Puls and Barcelona 1996) and they are becoming more popular in Europe.
This year don’t get caught out by the Springtime breakdown blues – get your equipment out now, check it over and, if needs repairing or servicing – now is the time. We offer a full equipment check, servicing & repair service. Our qualified technicians will undertake the work in our workshop including routine equipment checks followed by any maintenance or repairs which may be necessary, after firstly confirming with you a price and date of return.
That supermarkets sometimes have to go to extraordinary lengths to get planning for a new store is well know but lessons from an Isle of Wight council perhaps should be learned around the country as an example of a new supermarket ‘adding value’ to the local community’.
A Waitrose store on the Isle of Wight in southern England is due to open a biomass power plant later this year. Fuelled by locally sourced woodchips, it will supply the store’s electricity, cooling and heating needs. And it has been designed with extra capacity, so there is the potential to supply heat to local housing. So not only will the supermarket be off grid but local households may benefit too from free or reduced energy.
We have an excellent relationship with all our suppliers – we believe it’s the only way to work and we sincerely appreciate the research, development and planning they all do to produce excellent equipment we can then offer to our customers.
So why is Aquaread™ particularly exciting for us? Firstly we have only recently added their products to our surface and groundwater equipment list; it is an award winning British manufacturer of multiparameter water quality test equipment which is primarily designed for use in the field; their range of equipment is comprehensive and growing all the time; the meters and probes are modern, reliable, well designed for intuitive operation and accurate recording of data on site and, not least, we are pleased to be able to offer a SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT on four different selected packages, up until the end of February 2011. Click on the ‘featured product’ on www.vanwalt.com for details of this offer.
We know some of our customers are exhibiting at Ecobuild 2011, Excel, London from Tuesday 1st March to Thursday 3rd but, in case you weren’t aware, this is probably the biggest event of its kind so if you are interested in the future of design, construction and the built environment put the dates in your diary.
For more information visit http://www.ecobuild.co.uk - register now and get free tickets.
The PID Phocheck Tiger is a revolutionary hand held VOC detector that provides one of the best available detection and software features, all ready to use straight out of the box. It is also available to buy.
With a rugged design and protective, removable rubber case it has been developed to withstand the harshest environments. The large, back-lit display allows for easy viewing and an integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas.