(WXYZ) - In many parts of the world, clean drinking water can be hard to identify.
But a new invention researchers are working on could help locate bacteria-ridden sources of water.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst were just awarded a grant from the National Academy of Sciences to test and deploy affordable printed strips for detecting harmful bacteria in water.
The researchers will work with a university in Lahore, Pakistan to implement the product. The school's press release says that more than 60 percent of the water sources in Lahore are contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.
The idea is that this proposed test strip would change color if there were harmful bacteria present in the water. This would be a low cost and quick option to a currently expensive process.
Their hope is to produce a reliable test strip that can be made on a big and small scale.
The National Academy of Sciences selected the researchers' proposed project as a top ten entry out of 268 submissions. They're scheduled to start working on the project on July 15.