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New test developed to detect toxins in drinking water

Could a piece a paper small enough to fit in the palm of your hand be the key to ensuring only safe drinking water is consumed? A new invention just might make this idea a reality. Contaminated water can expose large populations to diseases such as: “cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis A.” According to the World Health Organization, more than two billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water, and roughly four billion don’t have access to proper sanitation.

The newly invented test strip contains a special film that can detect toxic elements. By momentarily submerging the tiny piece of paper into water, experts can determine whether [a] signal drops or stays constant. If it drops, it means there is something bad in the water…" That’s it. It’s that simple. And here’s some more good news, the test strips are biodegradable and only cost $1.35 each.

There of course remains work to be done to ensure that these test strips are as accurate and affordable as possible, but this is a great first step. Clean drinking water is something everyone should have access to; hopefully these test strips will make consumption of only clean drinking water a possibility for more people.

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