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New 'cutting edge facility' for Wales and beyond

It houses 30 staff that carry-out environmental testing and analysis work f Credit: PA

Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) says a new facility for scientific analysis will be officially opened today on the Swansea University’s Singleton Campus.

The Analytical Services facility is in the Faraday building, and houses over 30 staff that carry-out environmental testing and analysis work for NRW, such as testing the quality of the water from our beaches every summer.

The facility is accredited by UKAS, the national accreditation body for the United Kingdom.

In addition, the Analytical Services facility is looking to offer the services it provides to NRW to a wider commercial client base from Wales and beyond.

Our new world-class facility will help our staff with the important work we do at Natural Resources Wales for the people, economy and environment in Wales.

For example, we test more than 2,000 samples of bathing water collected by our staff every year. We monitor where there may be problems, and help make sure the waters on our beaches are safe for us to swim in.

We also investigate incidents, such as illegal waste sites and pollution, so we can tackle illegal activity. With our fantastic new facility, we will not only accommodate current needs and future growth, but offer unlimited opportunities for joint research ventures between NRW and Swansea University.

– Dave Gazzard, Natural Resources Wales