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PIA Press Release
2008/02/21

Water testing lab opens in Bohol

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (21 February) -- Boholanos need not go far to get comprehensive water quality testing.

What used to be a job for Cebu's top university-based laboratories, water quality testing can now done here.

This as the Holy Name University (HNU) opened Bohol's first Water Assessment Testing, Education and Research Support Services (WATERS) project recently.

The water testing lab offers water physical tests as in color, odor, temperature and salinity levels.

It could also render ammonia, nitrate, phosphorous and dissolved oxygen tests while dispensing total coliform, e.coli, fecal coliform and total dissolved solids profiles, a brochure distributed during the launching bared.

The project not just establishes and key state of the art infrastructure and laboratory but also puts up its sustainability mechanism by simultaneously managing information, building awareness to actively involve the public sector in water quality testing and monitoring and linking for better advocacies, HNU authorities said.

Set to be fully operational this April, the project is expected to impact on the public's awareness on water quality management, monitoring, resource conservation as well help address poverty alleviation efforts here.

Funded through a P3M grant form the Philippine Australian Community Assistance Program (PACAP) of the AUSAid through its focused area approach system's water and sanitation component and another P5M HNU counterpart, the project would be implemented by the HNU Center for Research and Local Governance and the school's other key academic departments.

Conceptualized by a pool of HNU faculty members in consultation with partner institutions, WATERS was accordingly prioritized for its directly influence on the attainment of the goals to eradicate poverty here, a concept paper stated.

The project is yet another way of realizing Boholano's dreams of better health and sanitation services, environment and resource conservation as well as empowering its people for informed decisions. (PIA) [top]

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