Water testing laboratory opens

Article image - Water testing laboratory opens Mayor Greg Williamson and Manager of Water Treatment Stuart Boyd check out councilís new water and waste water laboratory.

Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has opened a new state of the art Water and Waste Scientific and Analytical Services laboratory.

The $3 million project includes the purchase of the building and a complete new, state of the art fit out by Fergus Builders.

Mayor, Greg Williamson, said the decision was made to fit out an existing building to save valuable time and money.

“It was important that our team was able to provide a continuous service with as little disruption as possible.

“By choosing this option we were able to avoid the extended wait on a new-build and focus on our needs inside the facility.

“The new facility houses specialised laboratory equipment to allow a range of chemical and microbiological testing to occur.

“It also provides a much bigger working space for our team. We currently have 15 staff working in the laboratory, but the new lab will allow us to expand our business and accommodate up to 25 staff in a safe environment.”

Mayor Williamson said the new National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory would cater to a growing demand for scientific and analytical water testing in the region.

“Our laboratory currently conducts around 350,000 tests each year.

“These are not just for council but for our neighbouring councils, government agencies, environmental groups, and private businesses.

“The lab also provides a variety of water testing suites to the public for testing on water tanks, bores, swimming pools and irrigation systems.”