Wishaw firm completes vital water supply task at once in a lifetime project

A Wishaw-based business has told of its role in supplying sterilising grade water to the new NHS Louisa Jordan temporary hospital at Glasgow’s SEC.

DMA Canyon, a member of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation, (SNIPEF) had previous experience in water management work at various Scottish hospitals.

The company, which has 30 employees and a £2 million turnover, was tasked with ensuring the water was delivered at high dependency care standard.

Director David Watson explained, “Over the years we have refined our expertise in detecting and controlling Legionella and other waterborne pathogens in water supplies. Hospitals are, of course, a special case since their water needs to be microbiologically controlled at the highest standard to minimise the presence and release of waterborne pathogens. To achieve this, we fitted Pall Medical Point-of-Use Water Filters throughout the Louisa Jordan site. These must be monitored closely and replaced every 31 or 62 days to ensure compliance with the required standards.

“The entire project was a huge collaborative success with a completely new plumbing system installed in record time and our job was to add the vital finishing control measures, ensuring the water environment is fit for an intensive care facility. At peak there were seven of us on site, some of us working seven days a week, continually installing, testing and reporting to get the job done. Even though there are currently no patients on site the process of continual monitoring must be undertaken.

“I am very proud of the contribution we have made and I have pointed out to my younger colleagues, including John Fraser (25), one of our adult apprentices, that they have participated in a project, the scale and importance of which they may never see again in their working lives. It really is something they can tell their grandchildren about.”

Fiona Hodgson, chief executive of SNIPEF commented, “It is with great pride that we recognise the expertise and experience of our SNIPEF member, DMA Canyon, and their ability to deliver high-quality, reliable resources on behalf of the entire community. I never cease to be amazed by the professionalism of our members and their determination, often under massive pressure, to get the job done to the highest standards, on time and on budget.”