Water Quality Device

It is estimated that up to 2 billion people commonly drink water that is not safe increasing their risk to waterborne disease. We are developing a device that can be used to tell if water is microbiologically safe to drink without the need for laboratory analysis. The device detects E.coli as an indicator of faecal contamination.

The novelty of the device lies in the physical design which allows for ease-of-use in low-resource settings, without access to laboratory facilities. The device can communicate results via a smartphone app to the cloud for remote analysis, alerts and storage.

Physical qualities include the device being lightweight and portable with its own rechargeable power source. Each unit is compact and can also be used to store each sample for safe transportation and disposal.

The SAFEWATER water quality device is at Proof of Concept phase and through the next phase of testing the aim is to improve functionality to incorporate the following benefits:

  • An ability to increase water quality testing on-site to improve reach and increase efficiency of water programs
  • Rapid time to result allowing for use in remote and low resource settings and increasing applicability in disaster risk response activities
  • Simple testing methodology and easy to interpret results to increase the potential user base, reducing labour and training costs associated with highly skilled staff and increasing the potential for community led monitoring
  • Reducing time to result and thus providing opportunities for more rapid feedback, reinforcing messaging and behaviours shared at the time of the activity
  • Data capture, logging, alerting and storing via mobile App to allow for greater opportunities in auditing, monitoring and surveillance activities by government regulatory agencies and utility companies
  • Provision of on-site testing to complement standard laboratory methods for ensuring compliance to national standards

Prototypes of the monitoring devices are being field tested with project partners based in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mexico and Nepal.

On completion of testing and validation of results, the SAFEWATER Translate team will explore regulatory validation, final field testing, commercialisation and implementation options with project partners and stakeholders in partner regions.

We are also interested in exploring wider collaborative opportunities for the development of the technology platform to detect other contaminants for water quality testing and monitoring.

If you would like to learn more about the technology and/or collaborate with us to progress the technology for other applications please get in touch with the team using the form below:

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