During these times, we feel really bad when there is no cure in sight for a virus but do you know around 500,000 deaths annually are because of lack of access to clean water. Well, if you are in the developed world, this might seem like a no-brainer. You can probably drink water right from the utility tap. But, did you know that 1 in 10 people in the world don’t have access to clean water?
The United Nations in 2015 announced the Sustainable Development Goals that aimed to achieve a slew of goals specifically 17 of them by 2030 and one of them happens to be Access to clean drinking water, that is Sustainable Development Goal No 6.
And Sustainable Development Goals and tracking the global progress towards it is a theme of the podcast channel and so on this episode, you will listen to the Co-Founder from WaterScope, a spin-off from the University of Cambridge in UK.
WaterScope has developed an inexpensive, rapid water testing microscope capable of identifying bacterial presence in water in less than six hours – four times faster than current tests available. The technology is easy to use away from laboratories and does not require the end user to be highly trained.
So, I hope you enjoyed the conversation.
Waterscope believes in empowering people in remote locations to test the water themselves and take corrective action . The other point not to be missed in the conversation is the use of technology like 3D printing and the off the shelf components like Raspberry Pi in the market. The use of common spaces like makespaces to do rapid prototypes and get started is also worth a mention when we talk of spin offs from universities.
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