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Title: Adaptable drinking-water laboratory unit for decentralised testing in remote and alpine regions
Authors: Diener, Arnt
Schertenleib, Ariane
Daniel, Dan
Kenea, Moa
Pratama, Irfan
Bhatta, Mohan
Marks, Sara
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: DIENER, A. ... et al, 2017. Adaptable drinking-water laboratory unit for decentralised testing in remote and alpine regions. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, Paper 2743, 7pp.
Abstract: Our project introduces an adaptable drinking-water laboratory unit to promote decentralised drinking-water quality testing in remote and alpine regions. We outline product-design and handling requirements for analyses in remote areas as a basis for the development of do-it-yourself setups that fill the gap between field test-kits and professional laboratory facilities. In a collaborative effort between international researchers and local water experts, a setup was developed in the alpine region of Mid-Western Nepal. The unit’s main element, a solar-powered incubation system proved technically reliable, suitable for cold climates and easy-to-handle in mobile and stationary application. The setup can support the extension of water safety planning and water quality surveillance to so-far underserved rural or unreached remote regions. Long-term implementation will require a careful look at effective solutions for training, supervision, supply chains and integration into existing structures.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/31451
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