Organisations which have effluent flow monitoring as a requirement of their permit and discharge to a river, small watercourse, or the sea must monitor the volume of effluent they discharge. The license holder (discharger) must measure the discharge of effluent from the site with an uncertainty of better than +/- 8% of the daily volume.
This applies to large sewage treatment works, and installations which come under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) with effluent monitoring specified in their permits. This includes discharge to a public sewer.
You are required to have your site inspected by an inspector under the MCERTS Self-Monitoring of Effluent Flow Scheme. If your flow monitoring arrangements meet the Environment Agency’s requirements and you can demonstrate satisfactory maintenance procedures then you can apply to for an MCERTS Site Conformity Inspection Certificate.
There are three stages to obtaining MCERTS certification:
The flow measurement installation must be inspected by a certified inspector, who will issue a conformance report provided the installation meets the performance criteria
The license holder’s QMS (Quality Management System) must be audited by an approved auditor who will confirm it meets performance requirements and issue a conformance report
The two reports are then submitted and an MCERTS Compliance Certificate issued
Certification is valid for five years after which the installation is re-inspected. The QMS is subject to periodic surveillance audits during the five-year period.
SIRIS offers an MCERTS compliance guarantee, giving you the peace of mind that any installation we design, supply and install is guaranteed to meet the requirements for certification.
A “one stop shop” solution
Our holistic approach ensures we deliver a flow measurement system that is appropriate to the nature of effluent discharge and is inspected by a third party inspector and approved QMS auditor, as well as issuing your final conformance certificate.
SIRIS can also provide routine service and calibration checks that comply with Environment Agency requirements and ensure ongoing accurate flow measurement data in accordance with MCERT requirements: minimum requirements for the self-monitoring of flow section 4.10 — Maintenance and section 4.13 — Verification.
Contact us for a free assessment of your current discharge arrangement.