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Water testing

A CSIR laboratory in Pretoria is equipped to test water samples for an extensive set of quality parameters and harmful impurities, including bacteria, viruses, minerals, chemicals and organic substances. Other related specialised water services are also offered. The laboratory is one of a series of testing and analytical facilities managed by the CSIR as part of a suite of specialised knowledge and technical services, which also serves the research and development core of the CSIR.


The laboratory is accredited (ISO 17025) with the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). The current certificate of accreditation for chemical, microbiological and toxicity testing is valid from November 2005 to November 2010 and includes a wide scope of accredited methods.

The SANAS accreditation ensures that the analytical methods used by the laboratory, and the results achieved from the analyses, are traceable to international standards. Regular internal and third-party audits are conducted by independent quality representatives to measure compliance with the standard.

More information about our accreditation (T0007) can be found on the SANAS website.

Services offered

The CSIR Water Chemistry Laboratory provides analytical services to a range of water domains including:

  • Ground water - boreholes
  • Surface water - ponds, pools, dams, lakes, rivers and streams
  • Industrial water - industrial effluents, leachates and mine water.

It also provides SANAS-accredited testing for drinking water (SABS 241) and bottled water (SABS 1675).

The primary market of the laboratory is organisations and individuals who require monitoring of water from a quality perspective to meet effluent and drinking water standards. This includes municipalities that should test their drinking water for compliance according to the SABS 241 standard at an accredited lab.

The instruments used in the analysis process include a Varian Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICP), an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and flow injection analysis instruments.

The combined expertise and experience in the various CSIR laboratories and within the research and development core of the CSIR makes this laboratory a national asset to the South African water industry.

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