Universal access to safe and affordable drinking water is still a challenge
Over 40% of the world’s population face water scarcity and many are also affected by contaminants like E. coli, fluoride, and arsenic.
Currently, water quality monitoring in developing countries is mainly done by collecting a limited number of water samples and transporting them to laboratories. This leads to high costs per test and questionable data quality across the board.
We’re on a mission to change that.
"Across the world, many people depend on water taken directly from rivers and wells. The quality of water we drink is as much under threat as access to water itself."
UN Environment Executive Director and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations
To move closer to safe water for all, we need
Gain clarity on the context and problem you are trying to solve, the priority parameters you need to test and the roles of the people involved.
Choose from 29 parameters and a variety of testing methods to capture water quality data at scale using a smartphone connected to proven hardware.
Visualise the data immediately on an online dashboard, map or interactive chart and compare the results to water quality standards.
Share your findings with the people that need to see them, and drive decision making to reach impact.
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Working on a water quality testing programme?
€15,000 - €25,000
Local support with your project implementation
Design - Kick-off meeting. Water quality testing system and hardware set up.
Capture - Training and support in data collection and water quality testing.
Understand - Data visualisation support.
Water quality tests: 100 - 1,500
People trained: 1 - 10
Data journey partnership
€25,000 - €100,000
Continuous support throughout your data journey
Design - Programme design workshop. Water quality testing system and hardware set up. Support in selecting parameters and survey design.
Capture - Training and support in water quality testing and data collection and monitoring.
Understand - Data analysis workshop. Support in data visualisation and analysis.
Act - Support in translating insights into reports and websites.
Water quality tests: 1,500 - 20,000
People trained: 10 - 49
Strategic collaboration at multi-organisation or multi-country level
Design - Full programme design collaboration. Water quality testing system and hardware set up. Support in survey design, sample design and parameter selection.
Capture - Support in collecting and monitoring water quality data at scale.
Understand - Training and support in cleaning, combining, transforming, visualising and analysing data.
Act - Support in translating insights into decisions that drive impact. Support with internal and external communications.
Water quality tests: 20,000+
People trained: 50 - 100 people