Testing water for harmful micro organisms is not cheap and often for lack of a viable, cheaper test, we are unable to identify if a source of water is potable. But now, Gwalior-based Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDO) has developed a ‘test kit for microbiological quality of drinking water’ which is cheap and reliable. The kit, according to LiveMint can detect Hydrogen Sulphide producing organisms in drinking water which are present along with coliforms, a form of bacteria that can indicate the presence of harmful organisms.
Business Standard reports that the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), under Ministry of Science & Technology, has entered into a license agreement with M/s Ramashree Chemicals Pvt. Ltd, Bhopal to commercialise this kit and make it more accessible to the masses. Under NRDC’s attempt to ‘Make in India’, the kit has been licensed to more than 20 companies in India so far and is useful to ascertain the quality of drinking water.
Pollutants like H2S producing organisms in water cause waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera, diarrhoea and jaundice. The convenient DRDO testing kit has proved reliable in field conditions and is approved by World Health Organization (WHO). H. Purushotham, chairman and managing director, NRDC said,
It is a cheap, reliable and convenient method of testing in field conditions as part of the Make in India initiative. In India, particularly in rural areas, portable water is not easily available and it is important to be able to assess if water is portable.”