NEW LABORATORY IMPROVES WATER QUALITY MONITORING
The Water Supply and Sewerage Authority ( WSSA) has commissioned a brand new Central Water Laboratory building where up to 70 types of tests will be conducted for inspecting the quality of water. According to officials, the authority used to perform 25 types of tests to check water quality before opening the new laboratory. The Central Water Laboratory was first opened as one of the largest laboratories in Mongolia in November 2009 through the second phase of the Ulaanbaatar Public Utility Enhancement Project, carried out with a concessional loan from the World Bank. WSSA has equiped the new building of the laboratory with more than 150 equipment and technologies manufactured in countries such as the USA, Australia, Japan, Italy, South Korea, China, Singapore, and Switzerland.
Mayor of Ulaanbaatar S.Batbold attended the opening ceremony on September 8 and presented a speech.
“I’d like to thank WSSA staff on behalf of all residents in the capital for commissioning a new Central Water Laboratory building that has been equipped with the latest technologies and equipment with their own funds. They’re diligently putting effort to fulfil their responsibility to ensure the quality and safety of the public water supply 24 hours a day.”
The laboratory examines the quality of water in over 950 areas, including their deep wells, reservoirs, pump stations, water kiosks, and water machines until the water is delivered to consumers.
The laboratory’s research team for chemical composition and microorganisms of sewage water used to conduct 20 to 25 types of micro and macro tests on the quality of water going to and out of wastewater treatment facilities. With the new building and equipment, the team is now able to conduct 25 more tests, according to officials.
Specialists of the Central Water Laboratory will regularly monitor the quality of water based on five main indicators to ensure its safety.
Specialist performing a water test at the newly opened laboratory