Water quality analysis laboratories in Assam- How to improve their effectiveness ?

Though laboratories are equipped with high-end testing equipment / instruments and trained man-power, a gap in the proper and effective functioning of some these laboratories exists.
IIT, Guwahati
IIT, Guwahati

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Runti Choudhury, IIT Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam

Background

Runti is with IIT Guwahati and is presently working on a UNICEF - IIT Guwahati supported Water Safety and Security Programme in the rural areas of Assam. As an integral part of this programme, they support a certain number of water quality analysis laboratories in the region. 

Input required

In this regard, members of the Water Community are requested to please share the following:

  • Are there any examples of effective laboratory-based water quality monitoring programmes in your area?
  • How effective have these programmes been in terms of making communities realize the importance of testing their water sources in the existing laboratories in their area?
  • Are there examples of any existing methodologies/strategies to assess if the complete cycle of such efforts (from sample collection to result dissemination among the communities) is effectively working?

Please see attachment below for the received responses.

This discussion has been reposted here from Solution Exchange Water Community India.