Speaking at a climate change-themed IHEEM Regional Conference in Cardiff, Oswyn Parry, a training consultant at Airewater Associates, and a former Yorkshire Water microbiologist, gave an interesting address on ‘The effect of drought and flooding on drinking water quality’.
His presentation included some useful guidance and advice for healthcare engineering personnel on keeping their facilities’ water systems safe when weather extremes disrupted, or impacted, supply.
Oswyn Parry began by explaining – by way of biographical background – that having graduated with an Honours degree in Applied Biology in the early 1970s, and then undertaken three years’ postgraduate research in Water Microbiology at Liverpool John Moores University, he joined Yorkshire Water in Bradford in 1980 as its divisional microbiologist for the West Yorkshire area. He subsequently worked in a range of roles as a Water Quality scientist, where his responsibilities encompassed dealing with issues ranging from water quality at source, to the compliance and quality of water at the customer’s tap. His final role at Yorkshire Water was as its Principal Public Health Scientist. For the past 12 years he has been an approved independent trainer delivering Energy and Utility Skills National Water Hygiene Training for the water industry across the UK and beyond. ‘More recently’, he has worked with Harry Evans, an Authorised Engineer at Engie, to develop a bespoke ‘Water Hygiene Training Course for Healthcare Premises’, in line with the recommendations of the Department of Health’s Health Technical Memorandum, HTM 04-01, Safe Water in healthcare premises. The pair say they have already delivered this training to ‘numerous hospitals’ across the UK, with more training sessions planned for the future.
Extensive water sector experience
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