Water Quality Laboratory
A laboratory is necessary for water quality monitoring, for environmental impact assessment, control of drinking water, for quality check of food processing water, etc. The project will contribute to enabling of such activities by upgrading and modernising the laboratory at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Nay Pyi Taw.
A laboratory is necessary for monitoring, environmental impact assessment, control of drinking water and quality check of food processing water. The upgraded laboratory will be able to analyse standard water quality parameters such as pH, conductivity, turbidity, colour, nutrients (P, N), chlorophyll, suspended solids, coliform bacteria, dissolved oxygen, biological oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand. At a later stage, instruments for analysis of heavy metals, organic micro-pollutants like pesticides and PCB.
(Photo: Tomas Adler Blakseth, NIVA.)
Establishment of a national water quality laboratory is planned at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Nay Pyi Taw at the facility of the present soil laboratory. The Forest Research Institute (FRI) has been a research centre for a variety of forest research activities in the country since 1980s. Various forest research activities are under implementation and water and soil research is one of the major functions of the centre. The laboratory will be renovated with respect to air ventilation, modern lab furniture, water supply and discharge system. In addition, new instruments will be purchased along with glass ware and standard lab equipment. The institution will be strengthened with regard to laboratory activities through provision of upgraded laboratory facilities and various equipment, soft- and hardware as well as communication facilities. Key personnel will undergo training as part of the project.
(Figure: Hovind et al. 2011).
(Photos: Tomas Adler Blakseth and Ingrid Nesheim, NIVA)