A portable, rapid, and low-cost test method for E.coli detection in water samples known as the Mobile Water Kit (MWK), which can produce results within an hour.
Contamination of water sources with Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria is a major problem in several parts of the world, particularly in the developing nations. Current E.coli testing methods take 16-24 hours to produce results with additional time involved in transport of the samples to a laboratory. This causes great delays in implementing treatment strategies thereby subjecting the public to prolonged exposure to contaminated water. In addition to the excessive costs associated with the current test methods, such exposures also cause a great deal of burden on the governments due to increased medical expenses resulting from water-borne illnesses.
Glacierclean Technologies Inc., has developed a rapid and low-cost test method for E.coli detection in water samples known as the Mobile Water Kit (MWK), which can produce results within an hour. Moreover, the kits are portable and can be used at the point of source itself thereby eliminating the need for transport of the water samples. The test kits also allow the user to map the location data with the help of a custom built smart phone application (m-Water), which is then automatically uploaded to a central server. These kits can either be used as an accepted testing method or a pre-screening to provide the surrounding communities with an early warning signal. The test kits would greatly reduce the burden on the water monitoring agencies in terms of both the time and costs.