Water quality testing is one of the major activities required before supplying safe water to its consumers. On this ground establishment of laboratories has been gaining increased attention day by day. The Development of laboratories in DPHE are summarized below:
In the early eighties, 4 Zonal laboratories were established at Rajshahi, Khulna, Comilla & Mymenshing with Dutch assistance.
One laboratory at Noakhali has been established with Danish assistance.
One laboratory at Jhenaidah has been established with Danish assistance.
Existing 4 zonal laboratories have been strengthened by renovating the physical infrastructures and supplying sophisticated equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) under the Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project (BAMWSP) funded by IDA and SDC. 5 more Zonal Laboratories are being established at Dhaka, Barisal, Sylhet, Bogra and Rangpur with modern infrastructure facilities and sophisticated equipment liks AAS under the BAMWSP funded by IDA and SDC.
JICA has come up to establish a central laboratories for DPHE by constructing a modern laboratory building and equipping it with sophisticated facilities for water testing, which will act as coordinating & reference laboratory for all the laboratories of DPHE and will also administer training functions for the laboratory personnel.
JICA has also come up to renovate/Upgrade the two existing laboratories at Noakhali & Jhenaidah as Zonal Laboratories.