Low-cost, networked device tests drinking water for safety

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Water-borne illnesses kill more than three million people each year, mostly for lack of a quick, easy and inexpensive way to test water purity. Enter the Water Canary, a device that radically reduces the amount of time, cost and skill required to test untreated or inadequately treated water. New York-based Water Canary uses patented spectral technology to dramatically reduce the time and money it takes to test water for disease-causing pathogens. Offering a cost per test that's a fraction of those associated with current solutions, its maker says, the Water Canary also requires minimal training and almost no education or…

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