A kit to test drinking water for harmful organisms
New Delhi: In an attempt to prevent water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), under the ministry of science and technology has entered into a licence agreement with a Bhopal-based private company for commercialisation of a test kit that can detect harmful organisms in drinking water.
The ‘test kit for microbiological quality of drinking water’ was developed by Gwalior-based Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDO) and is used for detection of Hydrogen Sulphide producing organisms in drinking water which are present along with coliforms, a form of bacteria that can indicate the presence of harmful organisms.
The company, Ramashree Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., plans to take this technology across the country through a network of dealers. The kit has been licensed to more than 20 companies in India so far and is useful to ascertain the quality of drinking water.
“It is a cheap, reliable and convenient method of testing in field conditions as part of the Make in India initiative. In India, particularly in rural areas, portable water is not easily available and it is important to be able to assess if water is portable,” said H. Purushotham, chairman and managing director, NRDC.
The formal licence agreement was signed by Purushotham, and V.K. Joshi, general manager, Ramashree Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.