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Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program                                                            
Phase 2 (2006 Deadline)

Capacity Building and Quality Assurance/Quality Control Procedures for the
Network of Water Quality Laboratories in Pakistan
Michael T. Meyer and Ingrid M. Verstraeten, US Geological Survey (USGS), Reston, VA
Muhammad Akram Kahlown, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Islamabad
Pakistani Funding (MoST):  $30,000
US Funding:    $45,000
Project Dates: February 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008

Project Overview

In this one-year project, USGS personnel worked with PCRWR technical and research staff to develop an organic analysis capacity and to provide a comprehensive laboratory review of all facets of the PCRWR laboratories. The specific project objectives were to review all aspects of the PCRWR laboratories, prioritize pollutants for study, and provide expertise and training to implement specific and well-established methods for the analysis of widely applied herbicides using solid-phase extraction (SPE) gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS); to provide a comprehensive laboratory review of the current inorganic analysis program, including quality assurance and quality control procedures, operational procedures, methods, and protocols; and to Initiate advanced comprehensive training on analytical methods, instrumentation, and technologies used to analyze and evaluate organic contaminants, including persistent organic pesticides (POPs) and their degradates, at the USGS Organic Geochemistry Research Laboratory.

Major Results

  • Conducted training to evaluate the status of the National Water Quality Laboratory organic contaminants program
  • Conducted a comprehensive review of all aspects of the laboratory during the US PI’s mission to Pakistan
  • Developed a priority list based on available information in Pakistan and chemical characteristics of the pesticides
  • Provided training to staff members, chemists, microbiologists and technicians at PCRWR
  • Established linkage with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund in Islamabad

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