Environmental Test Kits Articles

  • Accuracy, precision, usability, and cost of portable silver test methods for ceramic filter factories

    Locally manufactured ceramic water filters are one effective household drinking water treatment technology. During manufacturing, silver nanoparticles or silver nitrate are applied to prevent microbiological growth within the filter and increase bacterial removal efficacy. Currently, there is no recommendation for manufacturers to test silver concentrations of application solutions or filtered ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What’s a Luminometer? And Why Should You Care?

    If you’re in the business of managing a water system – whether drinking water, wastewater or water used for industrial purposes – a luminometer can make your job easier. Luminometers have been used in labs for decades, helping to provide easily interpreted answers to molecular questions. The ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • pH measurement: Six technical tips

    The pH value is one of the most important and therefore also one of the most frequently measured quantities in analytical chemistry. Sometimes, a simple pH test strip is sufficient for making a rapid check; precise pH meters are, however, required whenever accurate measuring results are needed. Such a pH meter is available in nearly every laboratory and is generally ready for use at a moment's ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Things You Should Know about Your Reusable Water Bottle

    Reusable water bottles are everywhere; on office desks, in gym bags, and in kids’ backpacks. And while it’s inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and incredibly convenient to stop by any tap or fountain for a quick refill, there are a few things to remember about these reusable bottles. Actually, there are a few things to remember about microorganisms: many of them love warmth, ...

  • A sensitive presence/absence test kit for detection of coliforms in drinking water

    Coliforms are the most widely accepted bacterial indicator of fecal pollution in water. Several commercially available portable kits make it possible to carry out on-site water quality testing, but are usually costly and often require technical expertise to operate. In developing countries like India, presence/absence test kits like the H2S test kits are commonly used for routine ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Arsenic concentration in drinking water of Bihar: health issues and socio-economic problems

    More than 10 million people residing in 13 districts of the state of Bihar are facing the acute problem of arsenic contamination in drinking water. The objective of this paper is to quantify arsenic in drinking water, and to understand the associated health problems, health costs and socio-economic issues in the region. In the study, a field test kit was used to test the arsenic concentration ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • When Consumables Kits are Greater Than the Sum of their Parts

    ProteinWorks and GlycoWorks kits address more than sample prep challenges One of the most challenging parts of an LC-MS workflow happens before analytical chemists even turn to their instrument: Sample preparation. Get it right, and the analytical run performs as expected. Get it wrong, and the assay has any number of problems, from poor sensitivity to poor reproducibility. The ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Inequitable allocation of deep community wells for reducing arsenic exposure in Bangladesh

    Community wells that extend deeper than most private wells are crucial for reducing exposure to groundwater arsenic (As) in rural Bangladesh. This study evaluates the impact on access to safe drinking water of 915 such intermediate (90–150 m) and deep (>150 m) wells across a 180 km2 area where a total of 48,790 tubewells were tested with field kits in 2012–13. Half the shallow private wells ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • DelAgua Kit Case Study - Comet-ME Testing in South Mount Hebron Region

    Comet-ME is an Israeli-Palestinian NGO providing sustainable off-grid energy and water services to rural Palestinian communities in the South Mount Hebron region of the occupied Palestinian territories. The local Palestinian communities are not connected to the water grid and people ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • The Importance of Water Testing After Natural Disasters

    In the aftermath of a natural disaster, particularly earthquakes, infrastructure could be damaged and a safe source of drinking water is often not available. This may be due to damaged pipes or water supplies becoming contaminated. Our colleagues at Oxfamstate; “In the initial phases of an emergency it should be assumed that all water sources are contaminated ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Buy Smarter – what questions should you ask when buying a Spectrophotometer?

    Spectrophotometers are relied on by a wide range of laboratories, for tests ranging from specific parameters, like chlorine or metals concentrations, right through to complex analyses of reaction kinetics. When choosing a spectrophotometer the range of specifications and price is vast, so take the time to list the features you need before you buy and make sure you choose the right one. ...


    By Camlab Limited

  • The Water Conditions in Ethiopia, Part Two

    While in Ethiopia in August to learn more about what they do about drinking water, I visited the Debre Damo Monastery. About 1,600 years old, it is situated on a flat-topped outcropping of solid rock. The only way in or out is by climbing a sheer cliff using a 15 meter rope made from woven rawhide. The top supports a community of about 150 monks. Certainly the most extreme location I found people ...


  • DelAgua Kit Case Study, Daisy Adams in The Gambia

         DELAGUA KIT CASE STUDY, DAISY ADAMS IN THE GAMBIA Daisy Adams undertook a study with Water for Africa in ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Q&A with Dr Ashi Tudugalle

    Ashanthie Tudugalle (Ashi) is the newest member of the DelAgua team and is the company’s Technical Services Executive. Ashi recently completed a PhD at the University of Surrey in Microbiology & Immunology where she spent the last 6 years conducting research into microbial diseases. Ashi has vast experience ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Accuracy, precision, usability, and cost of free chlorine residual testing methods

    Chlorine is the most widely used disinfectant worldwide, partially because residual protection is maintained after treatment. This residual is measured using colorimetric test kits varying in accuracy, precision, training required, and cost. Seven commercially available colorimeters, color wheel and test tube comparator kits, pool test kits, and test strips were evaluated for use in low-resource ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Prominent Packaged Foods Company’s Wastewater Quat Problem Resolved By ChemTreat’s QuatKill Test Kit & QK1000 Solution case study

    Problem A leading food processing company had a problem. Their need to meet safety and cleanliness levels meant an increase in the use of biocides to satisfy these more restrictive standards. However, their ability to effectively eliminate bacteria came with a reduction in needed bacterial action in their effluent wastewater system. Non-neutralized quats in the wastewater at the ...


    By ChemTreat, Inc.

  • Three Reasons Why It’s Time to Invest in Your Own Air Purity Test Kit

    The costs of hiring someone to test your breathing air lines on site can quickly add up, have you ever considered doing your own tests? The use of breathing masks and compressed breathing air is a vital component of maintaining safety standards on site. The air produced protects workers in spray booths, car body shops and other applications where isocyanate paint mixtures are ...


    By a1-cbiss

  • Liquid Ice Melter for Healthier Landscapes after the Thaw

    During the spring and summer months many homeowners and groundskeepers expend great effort on keeping lawns and landscapes healthy and beautiful.  Yet, as winter arrives in many regions of the country snow and ice begin to blanket walkways, driveways and landscapes.  While fresh layers of fallen snow can be beneficial to your lawn and gardens by helping to ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • Field investigation of arsenic in ceramic pot filter-treated drinking water

    Ceramic pot filters (CPFs) is one of several household water treatment technologies that is used to treat drinking water in developing areas. The filters have the advantage of being able to be manufactured using primarily locally available materials and local labor. However, naturallyoccurring arsenic present in the clay used to make the filters has the potential to contaminate the water in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water quality products magazine features ITS

    The decision for a company to seek approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a product can be beneficial in the long run, but the road to get there may be a long one. In August 1998, Industrial Test Systems (ITS) began its journey on the path to EPA approval for its Sensafe Free Chlorine Water Check test strips. After many outside studies, research, testing and reporting, ...

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