WaterScope, enabling simple, rapid bacterial testing for drinking water
Globally, over 2.2 billion people lack access to a safe water source in which more than 2000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases. Existing field testing methods are complex, prone to error, and slow. WaterScope is developing a rapid, simple, digital, bacterial testing kit to enable anyone to conduct a test in any location. The WaterScope kit consists of a disposable cartridge to allow for easy sample collection and preparation, and a testing system which includes a microscope and uses machine learning to quantify bacterial microcolonies. Data is automatically uploaded for real-time mapping and intervention. Our approach enables data-driven decision-making while empowering communities to bring about sustainable change.