The city of Tatu, located 24 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya, now has a certified water testing laboratory. The infrastructure, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, was recently inaugurated.
Ensuring water quality to support the urban development of Nairobi is the aim of the recently inaugurated water and sanitation testing laboratory in Tatu, located 24 kilometres from the centre of the capital. “In fact, it is known that 68 per cent of human beings will live in cities by 2050. This is why we, as Kenya’s leading urban developer, we need to focus on the provision of safe drinking water,” says Grace Muriithi, Director of Utilities for Tatu Connect, the utility company of the city of Tatu. The certified water testing laboratory is managed by the Tatu City Water and Sanitation Company. It is accredited by the Kenya Water Utility Regulatory Board under Section 74 of the Water Act.
Tatu’s water analysis centre is equipped with advanced technology. This will enable the analysis of basic water parameters, physical and chemical parameters, and microbiological aspects of water samples taken from different sections of the city’s supply chain. “The Tatu City Laboratory will enable us to monitor water quality as part of our process control and ensure that our residents receive the highest quality drinking water in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) standards,” said Grace Muriithi.
Two analysts are also part of the staff. They have been trained in the ISO/IEC 17205:2017 laboratory management system and water quality and safety planning.