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Unlike other field tests for water quality, the CBT is remarkably compact and light weight to carry in troops' kits.
CHAPEL HILL, NC, February 11, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Aquagenx, a provider of innovative microbial water quality testing products that detect potential health risks, is exhibiting the Compartment Bag Test (CBT) at the 2015 Medical RDA in Support of the Warfighter Conference. The conference is co-hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC). It will be held in Hyattsville, Maryland from March 23-25, 2015.
Medical RDA in Support of the Warfighter provides a forum for industry and government to have an active dialog to identify technologies that meet the future needs of the warfighter, beginning at point-of-injury through long term care.
The Compartment Bag Test is a tactical water quality test for the military to detect E. coli bacteria in drinking water to determine if water poses a health risk. It is used by military field operations and medical support personnel to evaluate water sources and supplies to ensure drinking water is safe and free from bacteriological contamination.
"We're honored our military customers recognize the CBT is a portable water quality test that helps protect and save lives," says Dr. Mark Sobsey, inventor of the CBT. "Unlike other field tests for water quality, the CBT is remarkably compact and light weight to carry in troops' kits, and doesn't require extra, cumbersome equipment like incubators and UV lamps. It's very simple to use, and doesn't need electricity or labs to generate quantified test results in any setting."
"Drinking water quality test kits should be accessible and easy for troops and Special Operations Forces to use," continues Sobsey, "so they can be informed and take appropriate action when drinking water and raw water sources are harmful to their health and well being."
Aquagenx recently exhibited the CBT at the Special Operations Medical Association and Scientific Assembly (SOMSA) and SMART PROC '14, which connects government, industry and academia.
The CBT was recognized by the U.S. Water Partnership as an Exemplary U.S. Water Technology, received a USAID Pioneers Prize Honorable Mention and a LAUNCH Water Innovation Prize. The test was also featured in the USAID 2013 innovations catalog.
Aquagenx provides innovative water quality testing products that detect potential health risks and help eliminate the millions of annual deaths due to contaminated drinking water.
The Compartment Bag Test (CBT) is a portable, simple test that quantifies the Most Probable Number of E. coli bacteria in a 100 mL water sample to determine if drinking water poses a health risk. Anyone, anywhere can use the CBT with little training using easy steps that generate quantified, color change results. No electricity, sample transportation, lab-based analysis and processing, specialized technicians or extra, expensive equipment are needed.
The CBT has versatile applications for low resource settings and household level testing by individuals, government agencies, the military, NGOs, water utilities and disaster/emergency responders. The test is also effective for agricultural and recreational waters and private wells.
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