Before I post the photos, you need a bit of water testing knowledge to understand what you're looking at, so take out your notebooks people, it's time to get schooled. (If any of you happen to be microbiologists, and I messed any of this up, by all means I invite you to mock my incompetency in the comments.)
OK, so now you know the basics of the technical stuff. Onto the other side of testing - what we test. In terms of our program, we test three things: the source water (the beneficiary's pump, well, river, etc. - whatever they get their drinking water from), we test the water coming directly from their filter, and we test the water in the container they use to store their water. We test the filter water twice to make sure we get accurate results. What kind of results? These kind of results:
|Another view of the 100 ml. sample taken from the Barriere Jeudi river, this one without the camera's flash.|
|...zero. I don't count a single fecal coliform colony on this filter paper. Zero. Totally safe to drink. Amazing. And just to make sure...|
|...we tested the filter water twice using two samples. Same result. However, perhaps the most interesting test is...|
As always, life in Haiti proves to be unpredictable - some days are amazing, others not so much.
Today was a good day.