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NC State develops way to test bacteria levels in water using smartphone

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AT SYLVAN GROVE IN CARRIE TRAFFIC IS BEING DIVERTED

YOU NEED TO USE LIFE YOU DRIVE IN SUMMER WINDS DRIVE AS A DETOUR NO WORD ON WHEN TRAFFIC WILL GET MOVING AGAIN WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT DOES MAKING SURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE SAFE FROM HARMFUL BACTERIA WHEN YOU GO SWIMMING IT COULD SOON BE MUCH EASIER

NEW TECHNOLOGY BY AN NC STATE PROFESSOR WILL ALLOW YOU TO TEST THE WATER YOURSELF TONIGHT LOCAL ORIGINAL I GO TO THE LAB TO FIND OUT HOW SIMPLE IT WILL BE BY USING YOUR OWN SMART PHONE Reporter: ON A SWELTERING JULY DAY CHRISTIAN AND HER KID ENJOYED JORDAN LAKE TO COOL OFF IT'S A POPULAR SPOT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN JULY AND AUGUST THE CONDITIONS TEND TO BE JUST WHAT LARGE ALGAE BLOOMS NEED TO FLOURISH

JUST THE THOUGHT OF BEING ABLE TO TEST THE WATER HERSELF IS COMFORTING TO KRISTIN IT SOUNDS AMAZING THE WATER IS A SCARY THING LAST SUMMER MY CHILDREN HAD STAPH INFECTION FROM A DIFFERENT BODY OF WATER IT PUT US OUT OF COMMISSION FOR A HOME

Reporter: THAT'S WHAT DR WAY AT NC STATE AND HIS TEAM WANT PEOPLE TO MORE EASILY AVOID THOSE ALGAE BLOOMS, AT LEAST SIX OR EIGHT TIMES IN WAKE COUNTY THEY FREQUENTLY HAPPEN IN THOSE OPEN SURFACE WATERS SOURCES SUCH AS JORDAN LAKE Reporter: ALGAE BLOOMS IN ANY BODY OF WATER CAN CREATE DANGEROUS TOXINS THAT CAN HARM YOUR PET AND GIVE YOU YOUR OWN HEADACHES, MAKE YOU VOMIT, HAVE RESPIRATORY PARALYSIS, OR IN EXTREME CASES KILL YOU

ARE PUBLIC SWIMMING AREAS ARE CONSTANTLY MONITORED BY HEALTH AGENCIES TO KEEP YOU SAFE IT IS BAD AND THEY WILL CLOSE THE BEACH THE TECHNOLOGY DR WAY IS DEVELOPING WILL ALLOW YOU TO TAKE YOUR OWN EXAMPLE OF WATER, PLACE IT IN THE CUSTOMIZED CHIP AND PUT IT INTO A READER ATTACHED TO YOUR SMART PHONE PEOPLE CAN JUST USE THE TOOLS YOU ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR POCKET SUCH AS A SMART PHONE

Reporter: THE CELL PHONE CAMERAS USED TO DETECT TOXIC MOLECULES THE APP IS A SUPER SIMPLE WITH A FEW BUTTONS ALLOWS YOU TO USE, TO CONTROL THE CELL PHONE CAMERA TO CAPTURE IMAGE OR TO UPLOAD IMAGE Reporter: IT ONLY TAKES FIVE MINUTES SPECIFICALLY, THIS WATER IS IN THE CLEANEST

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO TEST FOR BACTERIA AND SUCH I THINK IT'S REALLY HELPFUL Reporter: SARAH E LEE SAYS YOU CAN ADD HER TO THE LIST OF PEOPLE WILLING TO TRY IT I THINK WOULD BE A VERY HANDY TOOL, ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS WHEN THEY'RE BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN INTO THE WATER TO BE ABLE TO TEST IT QUICKLY AND GET ANSWERS RIGHT AWAY THEY DID USE THE NEW LIST OF EPA STANDARDS WHEN IT COMES TO WATER QUALITY IN AREAS YOU MIGHT RECREATE

Source: Youtube

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