DAE’s water contamination detection kits ready for market in India


Helping to ease water scarcity in India, the National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials (NCCCM), has developed visual detection kits for detection of Fluoride, Chromium (VI) and Iron. The portable kit that can help in the detection in five minutes is based on the technology developed by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

The technology for making the Portable Visual Kits for detection of Fluoride, Chromium and Iron have been transferred to six private entrepreneurs for indigenous manufacturing. In all detection kits reagents kept inside different bottles are to be added and mixed in to the water sample. Within 5 minutes, colour develops in the top layer, the intensity of colour is compared with a colour chart by visual inspection to obtain the concentration range of the contaminant in water.

“Iron Contamination detection kit is at advanced stage of development and very soon will be available to private entrepreneurs,” the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has told the Parliament in the ongoing session.

Soon the public can purchase it in commercial markets.