Challenge

Low-cost water testing devices to be widely used in developing countries by water professionals, community groups and supply managers without the need for specialist scientific knowledge to use the test kits or interpret the results.

Disciplines
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Prototyping
  • Research

Impact

  • Achieved primary goal of a field-ready solutions, capable of producing reliable results without electricity or lab facilities
  • 30,000 units produced for 10-country trial
  • Achievement of Device cost target of $1 - $2

Field research

Understanding the challenges, needs and opportunities in lead countries: South Africa and India.

White aquatest devices

Prototyping & Testing

Iterative prototyping to develop and test the device, incubator and UV torch. Functional and usability testing in UK, Africa, India.

Working with biochemists, statisticians water professionals to develop a novel solution to meet requirements of accuracy, usability and safety.

Colourful aquatest animation

Technical innovation

Working with biochemists, statisticians water professionals to develop a novel solution to meet requirements of accuracy, usability and safety.

Aquatest water testing unit
A goup of people in Sri Lanka testing the aquatest device

Field trial

Overseeing the production of 30,000 devices for trial in 10 countries and supporting training sessions with local water, sanitation and health staff.

Find out more?

Contact our CDO, Craig Wightman.