A water testing kit to help people test water at their homes and ward off numerous water borne diseases has been developed by the microbiology department of Punjab Agricultural University.
"From what I have surveyed, 85 percent of the water sample in Punjab is not portable. Mostly it is because of the microbiological contamination, which can lead to many diseases such as like jaundice, typhoid, and dysentery. So in the wake of these diseases the kit has been developed," said Parampal Kaur Sahota, a scientist with department of microbiology at Punjab Agricultural University.
"We can check the microbiological portability of the water with this kit. This kit is simple to use and reasonably priced at Rs. 30," said Parampal Kaur Sahota added.
The scientists believe that most of the water samples they receive used to test positive for microbiological contamination, which could lead to diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and jaundice. But now people can take necessary precautions.
The farmers from remote villages are especially happy as the kit is going to save them a lot of time and money.
"It is going to save us a lot of time. Earlier we had to submit the sample and collect it after two days. The Punjab Agricultural University has started a good system. It is very easy to test water with this kit. It saves us both money and time," said Kuldeep Singh, a farmer From Faridkot.
The water kit is bound to facilitate the testing of water and be a great help to people.