The Water Quality Testing Laboratory is situated on the N17 corridor in Ermelo. This location is bounded by the Ekurhuleni Metro of the Gauteng Province to the west, Sedibeng District Municipality of the Northern Free State to the south-west, Ehlanzeni District Municipality to the north-east, Nkangala District Municipality to the north, Amajuba District Municipality to the south-east and eSwatini to the east.
The District Municipality’s Water Quality Testing Laboratory is the only SANAS-accredited, government-owned facility in Mpumalanga Province and is evidence of Gert Sibande District Municipality’s vision to be “A community-driven district of excellence and development”.
This is also in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) vision 2030 which is “To ensure that all South Africans have access to clean running water in their homes”.
The Water Quality Laboratory is an accredited facility meeting the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The centrality and the strategic location of this facility ensures easy accessibility by all stakeholders within the district and the neighbouring districts.
Informed by the need to improve water quality in the district, the laboratory was established in 2011 to guarantee safe drinking water provided to millions of citizens within the district according to section 9 (1) of the Water Services Act No. 108 of 1997.
The facility provides chemical analysis, microbiological analysis and physical analysis. These services are available to all stakeholders and customers, including local municipalities and industries. The price list for water quality testing offered is available on request.
In addition, the Gert Sibande Water Quality Testing Laboratory promotes water quality and care for water in communities through active involvement in awareness programmes offered by local municipalities in the district. It also promotes careers in science by providing opportunities to students in the form of in-service training.
The laboratory boasts the provision and delivery of superior laboratory services and aims to promote and support development and culture of scientific learning. The Gert Sibande Laboratory regards its clients as valuable stakeholders whose interests are a priority for the laboratory.