mWater Field Test Kit
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.
Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with unsafe water sources where safe water programs are deployed.
$5.00 USD per test kit. $8.00 USD per kit with shipping and handling.
Standard laboratory testing
Available for purchase from mWater.
List of tests accomodated
The user tests the water, allows the test to incubate at ambient temperatures (any temperature above 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit), 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 milliliter (3.38 ounce) water samples.
Depicted instructions available here.
N/A: single-use product
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 degrees Celcius
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.
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 and safe bathing 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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