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City gets new air quality gas analyser calibration system

City gets new air quality gas analyser calibration system

The past practice of relying solely on external specialists and service providers to carry out calibration services for the Metro is now the thing of the past in the City.

The Executive Mayor Xola Pakati officially handed over new portable air quality gas analyser calibration system on Thursday 29 June to improve air quality in the Metro.

Speaking about the new system Pakati said, “The new system will improve air quality while protecting human health and securing environmental sustainability in the City.”

“Council approved R700 000 for the procurement of the calibration system in the 2016/17 financial year. The system was delivered to the municipality before the financial year ends. Environmental pollution staff completed training in the operation of the calibration system in the new financial yea 29 June 2017.”

“Adding to that, Portfolio Head for Public Safety Amanda Mnyute said, “In terms of the air quality act the Buffalo City Metro has a legal responsibility to monitor air quality in the municipal area. To fulfil this obligation, the municipal Health Services Department operates three air quality monitoring stations that functions on a continuous basis.”

“The first air monitoring station was established in 2006 and is situated at the Municipal Health Services Department in East London. The second station was set up in Zwelitsha in 2008 and recently a mobile station was established in Gompo area,” said Mnyute.

“The stations monitor a range of pollutants in the city. The data generated at the stations is required to be submitted to the Department of Environment of Environmental affairs for inclusion in South African Air Quality Information System,” she said.

Senior Environmental Pollution Officer Alan Mclntyre said, “To ensure the air quality monitoring stations generate reliable data the instruments must be calibrated on quarterly bases as well as on the return of an instrument following repair or when an analyser is moved between stations.”

“Moreover spare back-up instruments must first be calibrated before they can be used,” said Mclntyre.

“We are confident that the procurement of the calibration system and the training of staff in its use will greatly improve the functionality of the air monitoring stations and will also ensure the municipality is in a better position to perform its statutory obligation to monitor air quality and will reduce the operating costs of the stations,” he concluded.



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