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  1. 11.11.2019

    Christmas 2019 opening times

    Find out more information on working hours and sample turnaround at NWSS over the festive period.

  2. 16.07.2019

    Planned System Outage

    NWSS will be experiencing a full system outage 18/07/2019 due to urgent maintenance work required on network links.

  3. 22.02.2019

    2018 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

    We are pleased to share the results of our 2018 Customer Satisfaction Survey with you, the results of the survey were very positive with the following noteworthy headlines:

  4. 21.05.2018

    Private Water Supply Sampling Training Event

    NWSS hosted a Private Water Supply (PWS) training event for local authorities on May 14th, receiving great feedback so far.

  5. 01.05.2018

    Private Water Supply training videos now available

    Northumbrian Water Scientific Services have produced a series of training videos to help local authorities improve their potable water sampling technique.

  6. 27.04.2018

    RHE Private Water Supplies (PWS) Conference

    NWSS were pleased to attend and exhibit at RHE′s biennial PWS conference in Birmingham on 24th April 2018.

  7. 02.03.2018

    NWSS to present at SCA Conference: Driving Innovation in Water & Waste Analysis Methods - 13th & 14th March

    Dr. Ian Barnabas is the Scientific Support Laboratory Manager for Northumbrian Water Scientific Services. Ian will be presenting at the forthcoming two day Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA) seminar at the SCI in London.

  8. 31.01.2018

    2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

    In December last year we distributed our 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey, which ran until January. We are now pleased to share these results with you.

  9. 20.09.2017

    Health & Hygiene in Pools Conference

    NWSS attended the recent Health & Hygiene in Pools conference, jointly hosted by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group and the Royal Society for Public Health.

  10. 17.08.2017

    Wildflower Garden at our Howdon Laboratory

    At Scientific Services we want to improve our environmental performance in all areas, including the performance of our landholdings.

  11. 01.06.2017

    NWSS celebrates a quarter of a century of UKAS accreditation

    We have now held UKAS accreditation for a continuous period of a quarter of a century.

  12. 26.05.2017

    Air Quality & Emissions (AQE) Show

    Scientific Services Laboratories attended the AQE show in Telford in May 2017. We manned a joint stand with colleagues from our Commercial Operations Air Emissions Team.

  13. 03.04.2017


    For the past four years the courtyard garden at our Howdon laboratory has been visited each Spring by a mother duck, several baby ducks arriving shortly thereafter.

  14. 31.01.2017

    2016 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

    In December last year we distributed our 2016 Customer Satisfaction Survey, which ran until January and we are pleased to share these results with you.

  15. 25.01.2017

    Scientific Services – Helping The Calvert Trust

    The Calvert Trust is a charity that enables people with physical, learning and behavioural disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities.

  16. 04.11.2016

    RHE Private Water Supply Training Course

    On 3rd November we hosted a Private Water Supply (PWS) training event for RH Environmental. The course focussed on the recent updates to the PWS Regulations which were issued in June of this year.

  17. 22.06.2016

    New Drinking Water Quality Legislation

    The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) have issued four new pieces of legislation for the regulation of public and private water supplies in England and Wales.

  18. 06.06.2016

    New Double Focusing High Resolution Mass Spec for Dioxin & PCB Analysis to BS EN 1948-4:2010

    To supplement our capabilities for dioxin and PCB analysis we have recently invested £250,000 in a new instrument which provides greater reliability and sensitivity.

  19. 19.05.2016

    Private Water Supply Conference

    We spent an excellent day as an exhibitor and presenter at the RHE Private Water Supplies (PWS) Workshop & Conference on 18th May.

  20. 18.04.2016

    AFNOR Audit (ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001)

    We are pleased to report that we have successfully completed our recent audit by AFNOR to assess our continued compliance with the ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditation standards.

  21. 09.03.2016

    Sample Stability National Meeting

    On 8th March 2016 our Scientific Support Laboratory Manager, Dr Ian Barnabas, chaired a national meeting of UK laboratories to discuss sample stability.

  22. 23.02.2016

    2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

    In November last year we distributed our 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey, which ran until January and we are pleased to share these results with you.

  23. 27.10.2015

    New Northern Ireland Water (NIW) Contract Won

    We are delighted to have won the NIW tender (CC770) for the provision of analytical services on potable and waste waters.

  24. 11.08.2015

    New, free and DWI approved! Check out our automated Private Water Supply report.

    Northumbrian Water Scientific Services are pleased to announce the launch of our new, free, DWI approved automated report for Private Water Supply Returns.

  25. 14.07.2015

    ISO TC 147 Water Quality meeting

    Our Scientific Support Laboratory Manager, Dr. Ian Barnabas, attended the International ISO TC 147 Water Quality meeting held in June in Philadelphia, USA.

  26. 03.07.2015

    Master of Science

    Contracts Officer Anthony Wilson has passed his Master′s degree in Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring with distinction.

  27. 14.05.2015

    NWSS Microbiologists achieve chartered status

    Andrea Greally and Richard Stott, Team Leaders at our water supply microbiology laboratory at Horsley, have achieved Chartered Biologist status with the Society of Biology.

  28. 16.03.2015

    Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

    In November we distributed our 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. This ran until January and produced the following very positive results:

  29. 21.01.2015

    New Northumbrian Water Scientific Services (NWSS) website

    Welcome to the new Northumbrian Water Scientific Services website. On these pages you′ll find a wealth of information about our laboratories, our capabilities, our company values and our approach to our work.

  30. 01.08.2014

    New Triple Quad GCMS at Howdon

    A new Thermo TSQ8000 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS system has been installed in our Howdon laboratory.

  31. 24.07.2014

    Scientific Services represent UK at European Standardisation Meeting

    Ian Barnabas (Scientific Support Laboratory Manager) recently attended a CEN European standardisation meeting held in Oslo, Norway, representing the UK on behalf of the British Standards Institute (BSI).

  32. 23.07.2014

    Filta-Max xpress® system for Cryptosporidium

    In June our Microbiology Laboratory at Horsley was granted UKAS accreditation for the Filta-Max xpress® method for the analysis of Cryptosporidium.

  33. 09.07.2014

    Ollie′s Army - Junior Great North Run

    On the 6th September 127 children will run in the Junior Great North Run 2014 to support their friend Oliver and raise money for CLIC Sargent.

  34. 27.06.2014

    WaterAid 200

    Saturday 7th June saw members of Scientific Services from the North and South join forces in the Lake District to take part in WaterAid′s 200 Peak Challenge.

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