Taking Another Look at Contamination Testing

by | Jun 25, 2021

Contamination testing is vital to resolving any potential issues that may be lurking prior to the development of a project. Here at Borehole Solutions, using our experience as a geothermal drilling and site investigation company, we can offer a range of testing services to identify suspected contamination and advise on what to do following its discovery.

What is Contamination Testing?

Contamination testing is the process in which earth that is suspected of being contaminated is sent away for sampling. There are a number of tell-tale signs that could be present within soil that may suggest contamination. For example, a strange or unusual odour emanating from the earth or barren patches on a lawn. Additionally, whilst not necessarily a given, any presence of industrial led or metal pipework may also potentially be a cause of contamination of earth. There are various suites of contamination testing ranging from heavy metals to PAH and TPH testing along with Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing.

Why is Contamination Testing Important?

The testing of land for contaminants could be required for several different reasons. If a new development takes place, those granting planning permission would generally require sample for contamination testing as part of the planning approvals process and contaminated land protocols. Other reasons may be following a pollution incident or to identify materials for the purpose of waste disposal.

The Legal Definition of Contaminated Land

By and large, most contaminated land is caused by industrial activity. Whether in rural communities or busy cities, the issue is widespread. In the past such factors as poor irrigation and a disregard for waste disposal was to blame. More recently, however, the finger can be pointed at unscrupulous developers, agriculture chemicals and landfills. The UK government’s definition for contaminated land is when landmass has the potential to cause “significant harm to people, property or a protected species”. The definition also considers pollution of surface waters or groundwater and the potential to cause harm as a result of radioactivity.

What Can Borehole Solutions Offer?

Our team of geo-environmental engineers can undertake thorough site investigations and reports to identify sources and signs of contamination and provide a range of contamination testing and assessments along WAC testing services (Waste Acceptance Criteria testing). From each sample, Borehole will provide statistical data and further advice on what to do if traces of contamination are discovered. Our testing services can highlight the presence of fluoride, lead, asbestos, nitrates, pesticides and many more contaminants.

Contact Us

For more information regarding contamination testing or any of the geotechnical services Borehole Solutions can offer, then please get in touch! Call us today on 01733 200 501 or email us at info@boreholesolutions.com. Alternatively, Or, fill out one of our online enquiry forms via our contact page.