BOLGATANGA:World Vision establishes Water Quality Laboratory to serve northern sector
World Vision International has held a seminar on water quality in Bolgatanga of the Upper East Region where it showcased to stakeholders, its established water quality laboratory to serve the northern sector of the country.
Participants at the seminar came from the Sachet Water Producers, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Water Resources Commission, Food and Drug Authority and the Ghana Standard Authority.
The seminar showcase the Regional Water Quality Laboratory established in Savelegu of the Northern Region, shared experiences and lessons of the organization’s water quality monitoring and forged collaboration with partners in water quality monitoring.
The stakeholders at the seminar particularly the sachet water producers were happy because they would no longer travel to Accra to have their water sample tested before the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) could grant them licence to sell their water to the general public.
The World Vision Regional Water Quality Laboratory is the only such facility in the northern sector and would serve clients in the three northern regions and beyond.
Water quality analyses was hitherto outsourced to the Water Research Institute (WRI), then Water Resources Research Institute to do major and minor ions and manganese. Now with the World Vision intervention that monopoly had been broken.
Mr Jarvis Abonana Ayamsegna, Water Quality Specialist of World Vision in charge of West Africa said, the organization’s Regional Water Quality Laboratory commissioned on November 1, 2011 has the State-of-the-art equipment to do water quality analysis and monitoring including major ions analyses, trace (heavy) metals analyses, microbiological analyses, high and appropriate human resource capacity to build and/or enhance the capacity of others.
“The centre also has the highest expertise and quality equipment when it comes to water quality. The price of service is also affordable as compare to others in Accra. The service here is also swift. You need to patronize it and see things for yourself,” he intimated.
Mr Ayamsegna said based on the quality nature of the Laboratory Services countries including, Mali, Niger were patronizing the facility to serve their rural Water Projects and indicated that recently Chad, Mauritania, Sierra Leone had expressed interest in the facility and said it would be expanded to those countries.
“The Centre also among other things carries out community sensitization on water quality and health related issues and outreach campaigns to district assemblies, produces high quality data that are accurate, reliable and adequate for the intended purpose.
“It builds capacity and provides technical support to the water projects and partners design, develop and implement the installation of locally amenable appropriate water quality improvement technologies and collaborate to investigating the sources, genesis and geochemistry of groundwater Water”, he stressed.
The Regional Engineer of Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Mr William Nyarko, who presented a paper on the water situation in the Region, said about 90 per cent of water for use comes from the underground water and said the lessons acquired from the seminar would empower his outfit to improve upon the water quality in the Region particularly fluoride, which is a major challenge to the water sector in the region.
Mr Sebastian Hotor, Senior Regulatory Officer of the Food and Drug Authority, said quality control was a major criterion of his outfit and said the FDB would facilitate the process by ensuring that all water producers in the Region patronized the World Vision’s Regional Water Quality Laboratory to produce safe drinking water for the public.
Mrs Benedicta Pealore, Operation Base Team Leader of World Vision in charge of Upper East indicated that Water, Sanitation and Hygiene was among the strategic objectives of the organization and entreated the stakeholders to patronize the facility to help curb water born related diseases.
She stressed the need for effective collaboration among partners in the Water sector and impressed upon the partners particularly the sachet water producers to abide by the tenets of quality control measures, adding that her outfit would continue to help build their capacities.