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Woolpit company joins fight against Covid-19

A precision instrumentation company is helping to pioneer the use of wastewater monitoring in the fight against coronavirus in the UK.

Process Instruments Sales, based in Woolpit, is working with Hach, a US multinational, in the early detection of Covid-19 through wastewater testing.

As a technical partner to the global water analysis specialists, Process Instruments will supply, install and commission precision instruments for Hach for its work in detecting Covid-19 through wastewater, sampling and testing.

Jon Taylor, MD of Process Instruments with specialist equipment. Picture by Mecha Morton
Jon Taylor, MD of Process Instruments with specialist equipment. Picture by Mecha Morton

Hach is already working with water companies and universities in the UK and the US and Process Instruments will be working with the industry giant for contracts in the East and South East regions of the UK.

Jon Tayler, the company’s managing director, said: “The work we are conducting with Hach and the essential wastewater sampling and testing is something positive to be a part of.

“It is now widely recognised that monitoring wastewater can help identify Covid-19 earlier than some other testing methods.

“A successful trial run was first held in Plymouth where wastewater monitoring identified an increased Covid risk early, which was later followed by the authorities increasing Covid tests in the area.

Water surveillance allows targeting of high-risk locations such as university halls of residence, schools, colleges and nursing homes as an efficient method for obtaining population-wide data.

Process Instruments Sales, a leading provider of high-quality instrumentation, has worked with Hach on a number of large-scale projects previously.

The company, founded in 1998, also recently won a major contract with Bury St Edmunds-based Treatt, an ingredients manufacturer to the global flavour, fragrance and consumer goods markets.

Its systems are used throughout industry on different aspects of water monitoring including cutting costs, as well as monitoring effluent and waste products to make sure environmental impact is minimized.

It has also worked with companies including British Sugar, PPG and Aspall Cyder.

“Wastewater samples can be sent to labs the same way Covid tests are as part of the overall battle against the virus,” added Mr Taylor.

“We are pleased to be able to play our part and the high-precision instruments we are supplying will make a real difference to this essential work.”

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