Cape Town – The city council opened an extension to its scientific services facility in Waste Water Avenue in Athlone to step up the scope and scale of water quality testing in order to respond to population and economic growth.
The facility also offers a structured scientific graduate programme and capacity for community development and education.
The new instruments supporting the extended scope of work include a total organic carbon analyser for liquid and solid samples, an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry instrument for metal analysis and a direct mercury analyser.
“Investment in scientific research is critical for a forward-thinking and proactive municipality and the city is confident that this newly enhanced capacity will act as a driver for enhanced management of these chemicals, both on the manufacturing side and on the side of the regulator,” said Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for water and waste.
The City said it now had the means and capacity to test water quality at levels above that required by SA National Standard 241, to build extensive, comprehensive data sets that would pave the way to greater resilience.
“The city’s draft water strategy is said to be committed to providing safe access to water and to transforming the municipality into a water-sensitive city.
“Extra capacity provided by this International Organisation for Standardisation – accredited laboratory to detect, to monitor and to research emerging pollutants will be key to fulfilling commitments,” she said.
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