Hygiene and Epidemiology Centre in St. Petersburg makes independent drinking water quality inspection

06.04.2018

Since 1 April 2018, independent drinking water quality inspections will be carried out by FGUP (federal state-financed healthcare institution) “Hygiene and Epidemiology Center in St. Petersburg”.

In 2018, the Center won the e-auction organized under the federal law 44-FZ to select a service provider for “process inspection of quality and safety of drinking and natural waters as required by SUE "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg"”.

The Center is a part of the unified federal centralized system of agencies and institutions established to provide and exercise the federal state sanitary and epidemiological supervision and federal state supervision in the sphere of consumer rights protection.

For over 95 years (since 1922), the Center has guarded the health of Petersburg citizens.

The Center has 6 branches, 7 testing laboratory centers, and 23 operating departments with the total staff exceeding one thousand specialists including doctors, zoologists, chemists, physicists and others. Among them are doctors holding a scientific degree, honoured doctors of the Russian Federation, and winners of the all-Russian competition for the title “Best Doctor of the Year” in the nomination “Best Public Health Physician”.

The Center’s labs are accredited by the Russian Accreditation Authority. The Center has all relevant licenses and certificates, including those required for work with 2-4 RG microorganisms and for hydrometeorology-related activities.

There are bacteriological, sanitary-hygiene, parasitological, virological / special danger diseases, toxicological, radiological, food/raw materials/pesticides research, and polymer research labs at the Centre.  

The labs have advanced high-accuracy, world-class equipment to make good-quality tests in the shortest time.

Over 2 million lab tests are made by the Center annually. For social-hygienic monitoring alone, the labs test the quality and safety of drinking water, water in natural reservoirs, atmospheric air, soil, and noise in over 700 monitoring checkpoints.

For reference:

The safety of drinking water supply in St. Petersburg is ensured by using special water treatment technologies and automated water quality monitoring at every treatment stage – from intake to tap.

Water quality monitoring levels:

  • online process monitoring using automatic online analyzers and automated continuous monitoring systems;
  • laboratory control;
  • control by independent organization – Water Quality Control and Testing Center;
  • control by Rospotrebnadzor.

 

The test results demonstrate that drinking water in St. Petersburg is safe in terms of chemical composition, epidemiology and radiology.

Moreover, the biomonitoring system designed by the Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg Environmental Safety Research Center is used alongside with instrumental monitoring at all city water intakes to check water quality in the water supply source, the Neva River.

The independent drinking water quality control exercised under the federal law 416-FZ is a tool to monitor water quality without affecting water safety and innocuity, and can be performed by any accredited laboratory having relevant certificates and licenses.

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