ZAMBOANGA CITY – The department for science and technology 9-Regional standards and test laboratories (DOST 9-RSTL) are now accredited to test drinking water.
Martin Wee, DOST-9 director, said on Saturday that the Regulatory Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau (HFSRB) recently granted accreditation to DOST 9-RSTL for chemical, physical and bacteriological analysis to test drinking water.
The HFSRB is an attached agency of the Ministry of Health (DOH) that provides a Certificate of Accreditation (COA) to laboratories that meet the prescribed standards and technical requirements.
The agency protects the safety and well-being of public health by guaranteeing the accuracy, precision and reliability of the results generated by drinking water testing laboratories.
Wee said that the RSTL of the DOST 9 can now accept drinking water samples, including process water from filling stations for analyzes with the granting of the certificate of accreditation.
Wee said that monitoring the water quality by means of sample tests is an important process to guarantee a safe and reliable water source.
He added that regular testing is crucial for the sustainability of the water source, as the quality of water can change over time.
"These changes can occur unnoticed and lead to contamination, and regular tests and analyzes will also address the necessary treatment in cases of water pollution," he said.
Wee said that the accreditation is valid until December 31, 2020. (PNA)