Disaster and Emergency Areas

Natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes contaminate water supplies and wells. In the wake of a disaster, sewage, septage and animal waste are sources of E. coli bacteria that find their way into drinking water sources and supplies.

Populations displaced by disasters also place burdens on water supplies and introduce the potential for waterborne diseases due to poor water and sanitation conditions or insufficient personal hygiene.

When disaster hits, ensuring safe water is a crucial public health requirement to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases and the transmission of fecal pathogens through contaminated water.

In the aftermath of a disaster, there is often no power, electricity, transportation infrastructure or time to send drinking water samples to a laboratory for testing. Despite these obstacles, it is crucial to test water quality for bacteriological contamination and to protect public health.

Disaster/Emergency Response Water Quality Test

The Aquagenx CBT E. coli Kit  lets anyone, anywhere easily test drinking water for E. coli contamination on-the-spot and on-site after a disaster, without the need for a lab or electricity:


  • Lab–free
  • Electricity-free
  • Cold chain-free
  • Portable and compact, easy to pack and carry
  • No extra, bulky equipment required such as incubators and UV lamps
  • Simple for anyone to use with little training
  • Quantified test results without lab dependency
  • Easy-to-score, color-match MPN test results