Developing Countries

Over one billion people lack consistent access to safe drinking water, resulting in millions of annual deaths and a massive global health crisis and cost burden.

Drinking water in developing countries is rarely tested and monitored for quality because testing has been too difficult and costly. Other water quality tests are impractical for use in low resource areas because they are complex methods that also require electricity, cumbersome equipment, laboratories and skilled technicians to conduct tests and interpret results. This has greatly hindered ongoing water quality monitoring where it is most needed.


For NGOs that build and maintain water sources or run water, sanitation and hygiene programs, it’s essential to ensure water remains safe to drink and to protect the value of water investments.

The World Health Organization/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program defines safe water according to construction of the water source rather than by measuring concentrations of bacteria. Repeated studies show  “improved” waters can still contain high concentrations of E. coli bacteria and are unsafe to drink.

A fundamental requirement in ensuring access to safe drinking water is the ability to test and monitor the quality of the water coming from any water source, before and after improvement (treatment) and during storage and use.

Drinking Water Quality Test Kit for Developing Countries

The CBT is a drinking water quality test kit whose simplicity and convenience remove barriers to bacteriological water quality monitoring where testing was previously too difficult, impractical and costly. Its visual, color-change test results are also an excellent too to help educate populations to adapt hygienic behaviors that ensure clean water. With the CBT, individuals, households and communities can make informed decisions about the safety of their drinking water and take the appropriate actions needed to improve water quality.

Use CBT Kits for your water quality monitoring programs and initiatives:


  • Health surveys
  • Water safety plans
  • Local water management decisions
  • Post-disaster response and recovery efforts
  • Behavior change and education
  • Water testing and monitoring at source and point of use