In a significant move which will certainly help in improving the quality of water across the state, the PHE department introduced a mobile water testing laboratory at Dimapur on Wednesday.
Procured at the cost of `35 lakhs, the laboratory installed inside a Tata 709 vehicle has all the instruments to test various parameters such as content of iron, arsenic, cyanide, fluoride, bacteria, chlorides etc., in water.
Some important features to be carried out by the laboratory include a statewide water quality survey and create a database on water quality and provide a more reliable water test result with on the spot water testing.
The launching of the mobile laboratory will further boost the department in creating awareness on water quality issues and provide more accurate data while introducing remedial measures.
Moreover the advantages of the mobility will also ensure coverage of remote areas and avoid sample degradation of water.
The list of instruments installed in the laboratory includes meters for checking pH, TDS/EC, turbidity, visible spectrophotometer, multiparameter bench photometer, arsenic test kit, analytical balance, magnetic stirrer, bacteriological incubator and rotary shaker.
Launching the mobile laboratory at PHED central store office premises, Minister for PHED Dr. Ngangshi termed the introduction of the lab as historic moment for the department and expressed hope that it would address all sorts of quality related water issues.
Emphasizing on the need for bringing out safe and clean water in the state, the minister said that with increase in population, industrialization, urbanization, and lack of civic sense among the people, the need for clean water was felt more than ever before. While stressing importance on the sustainability of the programme, Dr. Ngangshi also expressed hope that the mobile lab will map the whole state and assess the different qualities of water.
Lauding the department officials for diligently carrying out their duties, the minister averred that there was a visible motivation towards a commitment and sense of responsibility among the officials to supply safe water to the people.