Compartment Bag Test for Hydrogen Sulfide Bacteria Overcomes Limitations of H2S Presence/Absence Tests for Field Level Testing
CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Aquagenx, whose portable water quality testing products are used throughout the world, launched a new quantitative water quality test, the Compartment Bag Test (CBT) for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) bacteria. It is a reliable, lower cost test that measures fecal contamination in drinking water and helps circumvent the global water quality crisis.
The Aquagenx CBT H2S Kit quantifies the Most Probable Number (MPN) of H2S bacteria in a 100 mL water sample and is more informative about the health risk of water than H2S Presence/Absence tests. MPN test results are obtained by easy color-match scoring.
The CBT H2S Kit is also optimized for on-site, field level testing in low resource, rural and disaster/emergency areas. It does not require labs, electricity or expensive, bulky equipment. Anyone can use the CBT H2S Kit with little training.
“H2S bacteria has been evaluated repeatedly as a fecal indicator bacterium for water quality testing. Many of these studies show H2S provides both qualitative and quantitative data that are comparable to and sometimes higher than those of the usual fecal indicator bacteria such as E. coli and thermotolerant (fecal) coliforms,” says Dr. Mark D. Sobsey, who developed the Compartment Bag Test and is Kenan Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina.
Sobsey continues, “Quantitative hydrogen sulfide water tests such as the CBT H2S Kit appear to provide comparable information on diarrheal disease risks as evidence of human health effects.”
The Aquagenx CBT H2S Kit is especially useful as an initial quantitative screening test for water quality. H2S-positive results should be followed by testing with the Aquagenx CBT E. coli Kit for specific evidence of fecal contamination.
More information on Aquagenx CBT H2S Kits: https://www.aquagenx.com/h2s-test-kits/
Aquagenx provides portable water quality testing products that let anyone make informed decisions about water safety and the health risk of water no matter where they are. Aquagenx water quality test kits are easy for anyone to use and are optimized for on-site, field level testing in low resource, rural and disaster/emergency areas.
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