50X MORE SENSTIVE THAN TRADITIONAL LAB ANALYSIS
Only 1% of bacteria can be detected using traditional lab method such as the Heterotrophic plate count (HPC)
The HPC test is used to measure the overall quality of drinking water where microbes are cultured or made to grow for days in the lab under specific conditions in nutrient rich environments. Turns out that only 1% of bacteria are culturable. The HPC test is used as a measure of bacteriological presence in public, semi-public and private water systems. Exact Blue can detect up to 50X more microbes in water as our kit's nano-particles directly binds with microbes in your water sample.
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WATER CONTAMINATION IS AN ISSUE THAT CONCERNS EVERYONE
What happened in Flint, Michigan is the tip of the iceberg. Water infrastructure is aging in developed countries while pollution is a serious problem in developing ones.
Legionella bacteria in plumbing systems is responsible for majority of drinking water disease outbreaks
60% of hot tubs are contaminated beyond acceptable levels
45 million Americans drink water from private wells, 20% of which are contaminated
Water contamination is a global problem affecting hundreds of millions of people in both developed and developing countries. In the US, there are 15 million households where water is derived by private wells which are not covered by EPA regulations, and susceptible to various environmental contaminants including seepage through landfills, failed septic tanks, underground storage tank infection, fertilizers and pesticides.
Further, events like the lead poisoning and bacteria related deaths and illnesses due to aged infrastructure in Flint, Michigan in 2016 have eroded consumer confidence in the safety of public water infrastructure. In developing countries like China and India, up to 80% of the ground or surface water is contaminated.
Here are some facts to think about:
- Legionella bacteria in plumbing systems is responsible for majority of drinking water disease outbreaks (57.6%) (CDC)
- 10 people in Flint died of Legionnaires disease (Michigan Live, Jan 2016)
- Over 15 million U.S. households obtain drinking water from private wells, which are not covered by EPA regulations (EPA)
- Majority of water borne disease outbreaks (51.5%) are related to untreated ground water (EPA, CDC)
- About 60% of public hot tubs are contaminated with bacteria (CDC)
- Millions of immunosuppressed consumers who can get sick easily and with greater severity are at risk daily
- After Flint’s water crisis, 47% of Americans don’t trust their water supplies (Natural Society)
- In developing countries like China and India, up to 80% of the ground or surface water is contaminated.
It simply makes sense to test your water for bacteria regularly. ExactBlue makes it simple to detect bacteria in minutes. It’s up to 50X more sensitive than traditional lab-based methods and gives you results using your smartphone in minutes.