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Geography and Environmental Science

Research project: Aquatest

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The Aquatest project is seeking to develop a new low-cost, field-based method for microbial testing of drinking water, primarily intended for use in developing countries.

Testing drinking water

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the University of Bristol $13m to develop Aquatest. The University of Southampton, together with a number of other institutions and organisations, has been subcontracted by Bristol into the international, interdisciplinary research consortium it is leading to drive Aquatest forward.

Within the consortium, the University of Southampton has a particular remit to explore existing alternatives to the Aquatest method that is currently under development, particularly the H2S test, another low-cost field test currently in use. The potential onward usage of the Aquatest device in a variety of scenarios is also being explored. The work thus relates to a key theme within the PHEW research group, namely the measurement of access to the basic services necessary for improving population health.

Related research groups

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)
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