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Water Quality Monitoring Where It Was Previously Too Impractical, Difficult and Expensive

Water Quality Monitoring

All the investment in the world to provide and improve water sources does not solve problems if the water in these sources is contaminated by E. coli bacteria, causing death and disease.

Although billions of dollars have been spent on improving water sources, there is recognition that “improved water ” does not always equal “safe water.” The UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) definition of “improved water source” refers to the construction of the water source and not to the quality of the water itself. Studies have shown that water quality testing on improved water sources can still contain a high level of fecal contamination.

The greatest waterborne risk to health is from the transmission of fecal pathogens. Ongoing water quality monitoring is essential to help eliminate this  global water quality crisis.

Health Risk Framework

Ongoing water quality monitoring must be done in a health risk framework. We have to measure the presence of fecal organisms in water to know the extent of health risk. We have to obtain data to make informed decisions about drinking water quality in order to take the appropriate corrective actions.

A fundamental requirement in ensuring access to safe drinking water is the ability to test and monitor the bacteriological quality of water from any water source and at all points in between:

  • Source
  • Tap
  • Point of use
  • Stored water
  • Before treatment
  • After treatment
  • Households
  • Non-households (schools, healthcare facilities)

Sustainable Development Goal 6

United Nations SDG 6 seeks to ensure safe drinking water for all by 2030 and champions water quality monitoring. It encompasses drinking water and basic sanitation and also covers the entire water cycle, including the management of water, wastewater and ecosystem resources.

We need actionable water quality data to meet targets for SDG 6. The Aquagenx CBT Kit and portable field kits provide this data.

WHO Water Safety Plans

The World Health Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality promote water safety plans (WSPs) as the most effective means of ensuring the safety of drinking water. WSPs require a risk assessment including all steps in water supply from catchment to consumer, followed by implementation and monitoring of risk management control measures.

CBT Kit Solves Real World Problems

The Compartment Bag Test Kit overcomes barriers to ongoing water quality monitoring where is was previously too difficult, impractical and costly. It is the ideal water quality test for on-site testing of E. coli  in rural, low resource and disaster/emergency areas. No electricity, labs, or expensive equipment are required to use the CBT Kit.

Simple, portable and convenient, the CBT provides clear, actionable data that enables informed decisions about water quality. particularly in the intermediate WHO risk ranges where decisions of water safety are often made.

Whatever your policies and programs for water quality monitoring, anyone with little training can use the CBT to assess health risk levels for water quality no matter where you are.

 

Water Quality Resources

United Nations SDG 6

Dedicated Water Goal

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Water Quality Criteria

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Produce Safety Rule

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