Ensure Safe Drinking Water for All

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) seeks to ensure safe drinking water for all. Water is rarely, if ever, tested for quality in rural areas within poor countries. Part of the problem is due to complex, expensive and cumbersome testing methods that are difficult to use for field-level testing. Transportation costs and challenges are also major barriers to effective water quality monitoring in these settings.

Success in achieving SDG 6 water quality targets requires flexible testing methodologies that are suitable for specific settings, especially in low resource, rural areas. Aquagenx portable water quality testing products eliminate all these barriers with tests and equipment that are easy to use with minimal training and are convenient for on-site testing in the field.

Household Testing and National Surveys

Our flagship product, the Compartment Bag Test (CBT) for E. colihas been validated as a reliable, easy-to-use test in large scale national surveys. Household members and WaSH professionals alike successfully use the CBT Kit to determine the health risk of water.

Published examples:

Aquagenx Products for SDG 6 Water Quality

Country Procurement Programs

Aquagenx works with government ministries and departments to devise procurement programs and shipping schedules that meet your water quality sampling requirements for SDG 6.

Portable Field Kits

CBT E. Coli Kits

Comparison of Testing Methods for E. coli


 Presence/AbsenceMultiple TubePlate and Film MethodsMembrane FiltrationAQUAGENX CBT KIT
Electricity (see footnote 1)YesYesYesYesNo
Controlled Incubation (see footnote 1)YesYesYesYesNo
Ambient Temperature Incubation (see footnote 2)MaybeMaybeNoMaybeYes. 25 degrees Celsius and above.
UV LightMaybe; variesMaybe; variesMaybe; variesMaybe; varies (see footnote 3)No
Extra and/or Bulky Equipment and Other MaterialsYesYesYesYesNo
Cold StorageNoMaybeMaybeMaybe (see footnote 4)No
Quantified Test ResultsNoYesYesYesYes
Trained TechniciansNoYesYesYesNo
Compact, Easy Transport in FieldNoNoNoNoYes
Sterilize Reusable PartsNoYesYesYesNo
Decontamination IncludedNoNoNoNoCBT E. coli Kit 10-Pack includes chlorine tablets for sample disinfection.

(1) Most tests specify incubation at a specific temperature, which requires use of an incubator powered by electricity; some tests have heat-sensitive bacteriological media which requires temperature control, often refrigeration, for storage.

(2) Most tests recommend specific temperatures for incubation, such as 35-37° Celsius or 44.5° Celsius. Use of ambient temperatures is not recommended and many tests have not been validated for performance at ambient temperature.

(3) Many tests rely on detecting E. coli growth by the blue fluorescence produced by the hydrolysis product of a specific fluorogenic Beta-D-glucoronide substrate.

(4) Many tests come with prepared culture media that must be stored cold or else they will degrade. Those tests that do not usually require that the dehydrated bacteria culture medium provided be reconstituted in reagent water and either boiled or steam sterilized (autoclaved) for use.

Comparisons of CBT E. coli Kit to Membrane Filtration

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Journal of Microbiological Methods