Punjab Agricultural University develops 30-rupee water-testing kit

June 20th, 2009 - 8:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Chandigarh, June 20 (ANI): Punjab Agricultural University’s microbiology department has developed a water testing kit to help people ward off numerous water borne diseases.

The kit, priced at just 30 rupees, was earlier used to test water samples from various offices, hospitals and other organisations, but now people can test water in their homes.

According to scientists, most of the water samples they received tested positive for microbiological contamination that could lead to diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and jaundice.

“85 percent of the water sample in Punjab, what I have surveyed 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. We can check the microbiological portability of the water with this kit. This kit is simple to use,” said Parampal Kaur Sahota, scientist.

Farmers in Punjab are especially happy, as the user-friendly kit would 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. They are giving a kit for 30 rupees. It is very easy to test water with this kit. It saves us both money and time,” said Kuldeep Singh, farmer From Faridkot.

Water contamination is mostly caused by either chemicals used on farms, which affects the ground water or the sewerage pipes near water pipes.

The water kit is bound to facilitate the testing of water and be a great help to people. (ANI)

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