Rijkswaterstaat, the executive arm of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, has assigned the European tender on "Guarding the Safety of Public Swimming Waters in the Netherlands" to Intertek for a period of 4 years (2011-2014)
The Netherlands monitoring and sampling programme helps determine the water quality of natural swimming waters. This annual project supports the law on "hygiene and safety of bathing facilities and swimming areas" and other natural swimming waters under control of the Rijkswaterstaat. Monitoring water safety and quality runs from April until September every year. The new Intertek contract for monitoring swimming waters runs for four years, from 2011 until 2014.
During the bathing season Intertek personnel will travel over 50,000 kilometres, conducting weekly inspections and sampling of 230 bathing sites. Swimming water monitoring includes field observations and surface water sampling, with laboratory analyses for bacteriological parameters, including cyanobacteria.
As part of the contract, Intertek will also monitor 36 "Blue Flag" beach and marina locations for bathing water quality. Blue Flag is an international environmental award for beaches and marinas that have proven to be clean and safe.
Learn more about how Intertek helps support safe swimming water quality in the Netherlands:
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