Our vision is that by 2017, low-cost water testing devices will be widely used in 80% of developing countries. The devices will be used by water professionals, community groups and part-time/volunteer supply managers who won't need specialist scientific knowledge to use the test kits or interpret the results.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that water-borne disease causes 1.8 million deaths annually. 1.5 million of these are children under five. If low-cost water testing results in just 10% of these people avoiding contaminated water, 180,000 lives could be saved each year. We believe that:
Governments and programmes around the world are responding to this crisis with initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals. To monitor progress towards these goals, what is needed is a cost-effective, user-friendly, lab-quality but field-based system that can be used in the developing world, particularly in rural settings. Aquatest can offer a solution.