Laguna Water announced that its Laboratory Services is the first and only private institution to offer Radiological Analysis for Drinking Water, after receiving its Radioactive Material License for Liquid Scintillation Counter and accompanying radioisotopes from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
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 the public 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 trainings to build-up our competencies in conducting Radiological Analysis. Starting next year, we will start to offer this service to Manila Water subsidiaries and other companies that are in need of the said test.”
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.
A Department of Health-accredited partner for water testing and analysis, Laguna Water Laboratory Services has consistently received excellent rating for its Proficiency Testing from the National Reference Laboratory- East Avenue, a Philippines' reference laboratory for environmental, occupational health, toxicology and micronutrient assay.
Laguna Water Laboratory Services will start offering Radiological Analysis for Drinking Water in January 2018.
In-photo: Dianne Dasmariñas, Laguna Water Laboratory Analyst, demonstrates how to load sample in the Alpha-Beta Radioactivity Determination equipment used for Radiological Analysis for Drinking Water.