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Device to track unsafe water

14th July 2011

A device that crowd-sources water quality and could help prevent the spread of diseases such as cholera has been unveiled at the TED Global conference in Edinburgh.

The Water Canary checks supplies in real-time, alerting users to possible infections and is also able to upload the data, allowing scientists to monitor the location and movement of outbreaks. The device will be able to test for both micro-biological and chemical contaminations using spectral technology and can provide instant information on whether the water is drinkable via a red or green light on the device.

 

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