Head of Department: Chisha Myzeecece


We are a team of qualified and competent researchers and laboratory staff with the mandate to conduct research and offer consultancy and analytical services in water and the environment. We have expertise in Microbiology, Chemistry, Water Engineering and Hydrology.

A. Research

We conduct needs-based research to improve people’s livelihoods by promoting low cost technologies utilising local materials. Our work further aims to protect the environment from pollution and ensure the safety of water for drinking.

Examples of previous and ongoing studies include:

  • Routine water quality monitoring for an impact evaluation of the Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Drainage Project.
  • Characterisation of Biosolids and Evaluating the Effectiveness of sun drying beds as biosolids stabilisation method in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Water quality assessments in cholera-prone areas of Lusaka, Zambia.
  • Water quality assessments in new residential areas in Lusaka
  • Zambia. Characterisation of Biosolids and Evaluating the Effectiveness of sun drying beds as a biosolids stabilization method in Zambia.
  • Production of fuel grade Ethanol from locally available raw materials
  • Optimisation of a method for Nitrate Determination in Drinking Water
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of Moringa oleifera seed powder as coagulant in water treatment

Consultancy and Analytical Services

We provide water quality testing services to a range of clients from individual to private water scheme providers and mining companies.

We analyse for various parameters in Microbiology and Wet Chemistry.
We offer consultancy, internships and laboratory demonstration to students.

Our mark of excellence is in upholding our core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, Credibility, Team work and innovativeness at all levels of operations and ensuring quality results by adhering to the institute’s quality policy which fulfils the international standard, ISO/IEC 17025: 2005.