Safe water is our highest priority

Ms Victoria Tshabalala, head of scientific services

“The GSDM laboratory started its operations in 2011 and is a South African National Accreditation System laboratory. Our first client was one of our local municipalities.

We also have the laboratory staff responsible for performing microbiology, chemical and physical analysis. We test the water by taking samples, monitoring their reticulation and reporting on the water quality.

They are then responsible for responding to non-compliance or any other concerns to be addressed. Our primary responsibility is to test, sample, and give feedback.

For now, we do sampling for the municipalities under the district but for testing services we are open to any client that requires our service, as long as we have the capability to perform those tests. We also do testing for farmers. We encourage them to bring samples to be tested.

Water is life and it is important that we maintain the right quality of water. If we have viruses, bacteria or toxic substances in our water, that will result in people contracting diseases. The laboratory operates within the overarching mission, vision and corporate values of the Gert Sibande District Municipality.

Technical and administrative personnel of the laboratory undergo intensive training to ensure that the lab provides excellent customer service as articulated in our Quality Policy Statement and Service Standards.

The GSDM Laboratory is committed to continual improvement of its services in order to meet and maintain customer and regulatory requirements.

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