New air quality measuring machine installed in Kidderminster

A NEW machine that monitors air quality has been installed in Kidderminster town centre.

The “Zephyr” system, designed and manufactured by the company Earthsense, is a new generation of electrochemical monitoring systems and has been installed in Blackwell Street.

It is solar powered and monitors nitrogen dioxide.

It is the first site in Worcestershire to measure PM10 and PM2.5 particles.

The system monitors the air quality of the local area and provides Worcestershire regulators with accurate information when episodes of poor air quality occur.

Data from the system is also shared with a national air quality database that residents can access to check air quality levels.

This is important for residents with health conditions such as heart and lung disease, as poor air quality can impact their health. The data provided by the new system gives a clearer indication of air quality levels in the region and when vulnerable residents should limit their exposure.

Mark Cox, Technical Services Manager at Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: “This is an incredible step forward in ensuring Worcestershire streets are clean and safe.

“The system has been funded as part of the Churchfields regeneration project and is a step forward in breathing new life into the industrial area.”