H2S strip test: a water quality testing kit for bacteriological contamination

H2S Strip test is a simple kit for a first testing of bacteriological contamination
2 Jun 2009
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The H2S Strip test is a simple kit for a first testing of bacteriological contamination. The test is being sold by a couple of vendors and the price ranges from Rs 10/- to Rs 20/- per piece.

Test instructions

1. Fill the water to be tested up to 'FILL LINE' and replace the cap.Test kit apparatus 
2. Keep at room temperature (preferably 250 - 370C) for the specified time below 
Temperature Range AverageIncubation Period 
30 - 350 C24 Hours 
25 - 300 C24 - 36 Hours 
20 - 250 C36 - 48 Hours 
15 - 200 C48 - 60 Hours 
3. Observe for the change in colour of the medium. 
     a) If the content turns black, water is not fit for drinking. Refer to adjacent picture.

     b) If the content turns into any color other than black, it indicates that water is free of bacteriological contamination.
 Test kit apparatus
 Test kit apparatus
5. Add few drops of some disinfectant (i.e. dettol, phenyl etc.) and discard. 

A paper from WHO assessing the scientific validity of the H2S Strip test: Read More

If you have performed the H2S Strip test, click here to add the result of your H2S strip test to our database.
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Manufacturers' details

1. Development Alternatives

DA manufactures H2S Vials/strip at its own Facility-TARA Environment Monitoring Facility,Delhi under the name of "TARA-Aqua Check". DA has been in this business for 10 years and has supplied in thousands to various customers in India and abroad. They have got the License from National Research Developement Corporation(NRDC), New Delhi for its commercialization. NRDC has made mandatory that suppliers/manufacturers of H2S strip kits/vials should obtain a licensing certificate from NRDC, then take necessary training from DRDE-Gwalior for its production/quality control, etc.

DA's address for contact:
Development Alternatives,
B-32 TARA Crescent Qutab Instituonal Area,
New Delhi-110016,
Production site:
TARA-Environment Monitoring Facility,
TARA Nirman Kendra, Near NBCC Building,
M.G.Road, New Delhi-110030,
Phone: 011-26806172,26801521,26804482.
Cost of single vial: Rs.20+12.5% as VAT/CST+Rs.5 as Freight. Vials are sold in packs of 10.

2. Water Health Laboratories
Water Health Laboratories manufactures and markets these vials under contract with UNICEF.
The cost of one vial is Rs. 10/-. Orders must be made in batches of atleast 10 vials, for which the charge is Rs 100/- + Shipping. The suggested payment is through DD with shipping cost payable on delivery. The following contact information can be used:
Manufacturer's Contact:
Water Health Laboratories 4, Hydel Road, Industrial Area,
Roorkee - 247 667 INDIA
Tel: +91 (1332) 265320, 270053
Fax: +91 (1332) 274950
Cell: +91 94120 74490 (Dr. S.K.Sisodia)
Email: Click here

For Chemical Parameter Kits, they provide sufficient reagents in Single and Multi-Parameter Field Test Kits to carry out 100 nos. of test for each parameters. All the kits are based on visual colour comparision method. The kits are portable, easy to carry any where, easy to operate, simple in use, does not require any kind of energy or power. So simple in use that even a layman can also use it comfortably. Does not require any technical support.
Manufacturer's Contact:
2-B, Rajkamal Complex, Panchsheel Square, Wardha Road, Dhantoli, Nagpur - 440 012 (Maharashtra),
Tel: (0712) 2442230 / 2706162
Fax: (0712) 2421746
Email: Click here
Contact Person: Mr. C. L. Lakhotia / Mr. Pramod Lakhotia.

What to do if your test says water is contaminated?

You should take a sample of the water to a testing lab to confirm the results of the strip test. You can try any of the following methods to manage a problem with contaminated water:

  • Boil it before consumption.
  • Use chlorination.
  • Use Solar Disinfection (SODIS). Learn more about SODIS at click here or search on the web.
  • Harvest and consume rainwater

Click here to get contact details of water testing labs across the country.

Also view other water quality test kits for field use

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