Developing a portable device for water quality monitoring.


Waterspy focuses on three strains of bacteria harmful to human health (E. Coli, Salmonella and P. aeuriginosa) and created an add on device for currently available quality monitoring platforms, able to perform automated and fast quality analysis for bacterial contaminants in water. A complete sample analysis requires about 6 hours: with the system currently used, the analysis can take up to three days.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To develop a compact photonics technology, able to identify the selected heterotrophic bacterial cells in the water.
  • To validate the technology’s cost-effectiveness and suitability for large area coverage.
  • Waterspy has been implemented in the field for the analysis of critical points of water distribution networks in two Italian demo sites (Avellino and Genoa).