SA Water has officially opened the Australian Water Quality Centre’s (AWQC) new Melbourne laboratory.
The new Victorian base recognises SA Water’s national leadership in water and wastewater services.
The AWQC is a business unit within SA Water, and provides a range of water and wastewater services including sampling, analysis, advice and research.
Having a base in Melbourne will help the AWQC respond to demand from their customers in Victoria and assist with their time-critical testing needs.
The laboratory’s staff includes an experienced AWQC scientist from the Adelaide lab, and is located within the Centre for Medical Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Created with the primary focus of maintaining public health, the AWQC has been delivering specialist services and sharing its expertise with the water industry for more than 80 years.
The AWQC was established in South Australia in 1933, and employs 140 people.
Water and the River Murray Minister, Ian Hunter said, “As a major employer of scientific and laboratory staff, we’re excited to be building on the AWQC’s current operations to further secure job opportunities for budding scientists across our South Australian – and now Victorian – operations.
“The Melbourne lab will be supported by AWQC’s globally-recognised staff in Adelaide to ensure customers benefit from a full suite of services and water industry experience.
“The AWQC’s team of expert water professionals are passionate about what they do and commited to public health, and I’m proud to see this expertise being expanded to other jurisdictions,” Mr Hunter said.