Aquatest Research Programme: Scenarios of testing and regulatory framework

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The Aquatest Research Programme is an international, multi-disciplinary consortium led by the University of Bristol. The aim is to deliver a water test that can be used widely in developing countries, with a sustainable basis for manufacturing, distributing and marketing the Aquatest device. Close collaboration with researchers and potential users in South Africa and India will help to develop a device that meets users' needs.

The objective of the work being done by the Water Institute at UNC is to understand the policies, standards, and regulations related to drinking-water quality monitoring, as well as the costs associated with implementing monitoring programs and the impacts or outcomes of monitoring programs. While acknowledging that there are many actors that play a role in water quality management, this research will focus on governmental, or other centralized efforts, for monitoring of microbial drinking water quality.

Characterization of costs and impacts of monitoring as well as the process of changing policies, standards and regulations related to monitoring will take place in approximately 10 countries, many of which were visited in the spring and summer of 2010. The characterization of policies, standards, and regulations will occur in up to 50 countries which involves both field work and extensive research at UNC.