The portable Colifast Field Kit™ quickly detects faecal contamination in water. “Our patented technology protects public health and the environment with rapid, user-friendly, on-site microbial testing,” says Helene Stenersen, Managing Director at Colifast.
For at least 3 billion people, the quality of the water they depend on is unknown due to a lack of monitoring. According to the UN, meeting drinking water, sanitation and hygiene targets by 2030 will require a four-fold increase in the pace of progress.
“Climate change is having a negative impact on water quality. Raw water sources previously regarded as safe are becoming more unstable. In addition, extreme weather with heavy rain and flooding is affecting drinking water, biodiversity and recreation in rivers and lakes. This makes it important to know your water in order to find the right treatment,” explains Stenersen.
The Colifast Field Kit™ is a portable tool for easy field detection of coliform bacteria in water. The kit contains everything needed to perform analysis out in the field and, in as little as 15 minutes, can indicate whether faecal contamination has occurred.
The kit can be used with three different test types. “Our main tool – the Rapid Screening Test – is excellent for tracing contamination sources in rivers,” says Stenersen. The kit also contains a quantitative Most Probable Number (MPN) test and presence/absence results.
The kit’s flexibility enables a wide variety of applications. In addition to source detection, the tool can be used to check the water quality at recreational swimming sites. Other applications include process control in industry and waterworks and improved drinking water safety for aid workers.
Highly user-friendly, the Colifast Field Kit™ tests are performed easily by non-experts.
The system’s rapid method provides information long before traditional laboratory results are available. Moreover, the tests are performed on site and reduce the risk of errors during sampling, transportation and sample preparation.
“The field kit is perfect for tracking contamination sources. The test gives an indication of contamination after only 15 minutes. You can collect several samples to analyse at the same time, and the analysis can be performed out in the field by connecting the incubator to a car battery,” explains Stenersen.
The global water testing and analysis market is projected to reach USD 5.5 billion by 2027, driven by climate change, a growing population and an increase in waterborne diseases. To counteract these threats, authorities are enacting more water-quality regulations, which require accurate measurement and reporting.
More than 30 years of experience has allowed Colifast to establish a worldwide distribution network. “We provide validated and documented methods and results that correspond with international standards,” notes Stenersen.
“Colifast systems play a role in reaching many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on Goal 6 which addresses water, hygiene and sanitation and water reuse,” she concludes.
Additional Colifast solutions
Colifast ALARM™ blows the whistle on E. coli in drinking water
Colifast ALARM™ tests fresh water for the presence of E. coli and coliforms. “Our patented technology protects public health and the environment with user-friendly, automated, remote microbial testing,” says Helene Stenersen, Managing Director at Colifast.
Colifast CALM™ gives early warning of coliforms in diverse water sources
Colifast CALM™ is a flexible system that detects faecal contamination in water. “Our patented technology protects public health and the environment with user-friendly, automated, remote microbial testing,” says Helene Stenersen, Managing Director at Colifast.
3. Good health and well-being
By reducing the spread of waterborne disease, Colifast systems promote good health and well-being.
6. Clean water and sanitation
By reducing the incidence of drinking water contamination, Colifast systems enable access to safe and affordable drinking water and the safe reuse of water.