Any bugs in that water?

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Year 12 Mata­mata Col­lege busi­ness en­ter­prise stu­dents will be tak­ing their small busi­nesses to mar­ket next week as part of the Lion Foun­da­tion Young En­ter­prise Scheme (YES).

In­de­pen­dent en­trepeneur Dal­las Kete and JA-OK com­pany di­rec­tors Jack Trower, Andy Sch­weizer, Olivia Carter and Kaleb Reid will be show­cas­ing their small busi­ness prod­ucts at the Hamil­ton Night Mar­kets, in the K-Mart shop un­der­ground carpark.

Kete has de­vel­oped a so­lar pow­ered water test­ing unit to en­able peo­ple to test for bac­te­ria.

The idea for Kete’s so­lar pow­ered water tester came from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with con­tract­ing water borne ill­ness gi­a­r­dia from tap water when she was in Hong Kong while on a stu­dent ex­change pro­gramme.

‘‘You go to these coun­tries and you know there is a risk from drink­ing the water, but there is not re­ally any eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble op­tions to treat the water or test the safety of it.

‘‘I wanted to de­velop some­thing to pre­vent some­one else getting sick like I was.’’

The small palm sized test­ing unit tests for to­tal dis­solved solids which will give the user an in­di­ca­tion if the water con­tains bac­te­ria, but not the spe­cific strains.

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