Laguna Water: first private institution to conduct radiological analysis for drinking water
Laguna Water recently received its Radioactive Material License for Liquid Scintillation Counter and accompanying radioisotopes from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute making it the first private institution to offer Radiological Analysis for Drinking Water.
Radiological Analysis is one of the primary parameters under the 2017 Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water. It monitors radioactivity in drinking water, thus, protecting consumers from unwarranted exposure to radiation.
According to Laguna Water Laboratory Services Manager Cyril A. Erica, the granting of Radioactive Material License is a significant milestone not only for the company but for the water industry. This license authorizes Laguna Water to acquire, receive, posses, own, and use radioactive materials necessary for radiological analysis. “Currently, we are undergoing training to build-up our competencies in conducting radiological analysis,” added Erica.
Established in 2010, Laguna Water Laboratory Services ensures that the water supplied to Laguna Water customers conforms to the national and international standards and regulations of water quality for drinking and environmental purposes.
Laguna Water’s Laboratory Services is an accredited partner of the Department of Health for water testing and analysis and has consistently received excellent rating for its Proficiency Testing from the National Reference Laboratory-East Avenue, one of the Philippines’ reference laboratories for environmental, occupational health, toxicology and micronutrient assay.
Laguna Water Laboratory Services will start offering Radiological Analysis for Drinking Water this January.
Laguna Water, the largest water and sanitation services provider in the Province of Laguna, is a public-private partnership between the Provincial Government of Laguna and Manila Water Philippine Ventures, a subsidiary of Ayala-led Manila Water.