Chemists to develop water testing strips

(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.

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