ClearWater is a handheld, quick, simple, and user-friendly water quality testing device for the presence of the main chemical contributors of a phenomenon known as Eutrophication. Large quantities of these chemicals, phosphates, nitrates, and sulphates, in water provide excess nutrients to the plant life within. As a result, algae overgrowth occurs at the surface of the water, causing countless issues including plant and animal death and increased water toxicity. The product was designed to fit the brief, “Design a plastic product for use in the natural world”, for the 2021 Design Innovation Plastics Competition. ClearWater was named runner-up in the competition.
ClearWater provides a solution to water quality testing that is far more efficient, accurate and intuitive than competing test methods. As well as providing a product that simplifies the entire process of testing for Eutrophication, it also offers a streamlined and user-friendly method of results taking, through the companion app, ClearWater-Report.
In current testing processes, a major pitfall lies within the results taking process, as they are not recorded to the necessary standard and acted upon. ClearWater-Report offers an immediate and visual, results recording platform, that emphasises the severity of the issue, tracks progress and promotes action. Unlike many competing products on the market, ClearWater is designed for use by anyone, both in a professional or domestic setting, such as rural homes where water treatment processes may not be as efficient.
ClearWater uses a three-barrel syringe mechanism to test for three main chemicals: Phosphate, Nitrate and Sulphate. The handle of the syringe is pulled back, bringing water into the three testing tubes. Various activator solutions are then added to each water sample. The product is then shaken to mix the samples and a colour change can be compared to the accompanying colour swatches. This then shows the parts per million of each chemical within the water.