Mercury spillage at Guildford water treatment works

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By mattcollison | Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:18

A MERCURY spillage at a water treatment plant near Guildford has led to a safety review.

Emergency Services were called to Affinity Water's Clandon works on January 15 after the toxic element spilt on to a concrete floor.

Affinity Water said the mercury did not spill into the water supply.

It said it was now reviewing procedures to prevent a repeat of the accident.

An Affinity Water spokesperson said: "A review of procedures is taking place following a mercury spillage on 15 January at Affinity Water's Clandon Water Treatment works, near Guildford. 

"The site was not supplying water at the time and there was no threat to the public water supply.

"During the process of moving a measuring instrument containing mercury, a spillage occurred. The mercury spillage was confined to an area with a concrete floor.

"We took the precaution of calling the emergency services and arranged for a specialist contractor to safely remove the mercury.

"Affinity Water and its contractors operate to the highest safety standards and we regret that this incident occurred."

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