Any bugs in that water?
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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