The staff of South Tipperary County Council’s water testing laboratory have been praised for achieving accreditation status as a biological testing laboratory.
Only four or five local authorities in the country have attained this accreditation for their level of skill and professionalism with competence and calibration of their labs.
Speaking at the January meeting of the council, Director of Services Jimmy Harney said the award was not only a tribute to the staff who had worked have to achieve it but could also bring future benefits to the council. Each local authority has a water testing lab but in the future, he suggested, Irish Water may use regional labs, not 34 county based labs, and this puts the local lab in a strong position with Irish water.
“This is a great achievement on the part of the staff who took the initiative,” he said. The Environmental Protection Agency will not engage with unaccredited labs after 2015, he added.
Councillors also joined in congratulating the laboratory staff on their achievement.
The Irish National Accreditation Board has accredited the lab at the Clonmel Wastewater Treatment Facility to undertake testing in compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005.