mWater Field Test Kit
mWater Field Test Kit is a water testing kit to detect E.coli.
The mWater Test Kit is a single-use water quality test kit designed to be used by community health workers to test drinking water for E. coli – the most reliable indicator of fecal contamination.
Formal partners like Water.org, UNICEF, WHO etc. Besides them, 25,000+ NGOs, government and researchers.
$5.00 USD per test kit. $8.00 USD per kit with shipping and handling.
Standard laboratory testing
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Available for purchase from mWater and through partners and NGOs.
List of tests accomodated
The user tests the water, allows the test to incubate at ambient temperatures (any temperature above 25° C or 77° F), photographs the results to count the bacteria using a mobile phone, then uploads the findings to the global water database.
mWater testing of E. coli in 100 mL (3.38 ounce) water samples.
Depicted instructions available here.
Single use product. Disposal guidance unknown.
No laboratory or equipment is needed. Each kit contains everything needed All items are single-use and pre-sterilized No incubator needed if room temperature is between 27° and 40° C.
USAID’s Stage 1 funding allowed mWater and partners in Mwanza, Tanzania, to establish a supply chain for the test equipment used with the app, and implement the mobile-based water monitoring system. During the 9-month project, local health and utility workers used mWater’s flagship app and inexpensive water test ($5 USD/test kit) to test drinking water for contamination. This project was aimed at helping nearly 90,000 people in two pilot wards to locate safe water and identify dangerous water sources.
Software needs to be compatible with the mobile.
mWater field test kit and mWater mobile app are complimentary systems.
The kit’s testing levels comply with World Health Organization guidelines for safe drinking water.
Community health workers inspect the following: The sanitary condition of a water source, update the functional status and add notes about the price or reliability of water.
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