SON Seeks Accreditation For Water Labs


Accreditation of water
laboratories is imperative in ensuring efficiency in monitoring the Nigerian Standard for Drinking Water Quality, which will soon be implemented.
An official of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr Louis Njoku, said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Njoku, the Head of the Laboratory Department of the agency, said that none of the six existing water laboratories was accredited.
It will be recalled that water laboratories were built to ensure that the quality of water consumed by citizens met international standard.
The six national water quality testing laboratories are located in Enugu, Ondo, Lagos, Niger,  Kano and Gombe states.
“ None of the water labs is accredited so far; but the Ministry of Water Resources is putting all its quality manual and technical procedures in place to ensure that accreditation is done.’’
According to him, SON will use the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)’s standard on laboratory accreditation as the guideline for the certification of the laboratories.
Njoku said the accreditation was part of the organisation’s collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources, to ensure that the laboratories were up to international standard.
He added that the SON would monitor drinking water standard and control public water sources like taps, community water treatment plants and boreholes.
Commenting on how boreholes would be monitored, he said the best position to site boreholes and its depth were all enshrined in the standard.
“Enshrined in the standard is how you can approve where a borehole can be sited whether upstream or downstream and so on.
“Even the material that should be used in the construction of boreholes is all enshrined in this standard and who is supposed to approve it.