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About this project

Water contamination is an issue that concerns everyone. 

Microbial water contamination is a global problem affecting hundreds of millions of people in both developed and developing countries. In the US alone, 15 million households get their water from private wells, which are not covered by EPA regulations. These wells are susceptible to various environmental contaminants including seepage through landfills, failed septic tanks, underground storage tank infection, fertilizers and pesticides. The scary part? The problem extends beyond private systems to the public water supply.

Reduce testing time from DAYS to MINUTES using our breakthrough smartphone kit

For example, aged infrastructure in Flint, Michigan forced government to find new sources for the public water system, changes that led to a stark increase in the number of cases of lead poisoning as well as bacteria-related deaths and illnesses. Such incidents have eroded consumer confidence in the safety of public water infrastructure across North America not to mention in developing countries like China and India where up to 80% of the ground or surface water has been deemed contaminated.

Here are some disturbing facts to consider:

  • 10 people in Flint died of bacteria-related water borne illness (Michigan Live, Jan 2016) 
  • Legionella (bacteria) in plumbing systems is responsible for 57.6% of drinking water disease outbreaks (CDC) 
  • Over 15 million US households (about 45 million Americans) obtain drinking water from private wells that are subject to various environmental contaminants (EPA) 
  • 51.5% of water borne disease outbreaks are related to untreated ground water (EPA, CDC) 
  • About 60% of public hot tubs are contaminated with bacteria beyond acceptable limits (CDC) 
  • Millions of immunosuppressed consumers can get sick easily and with greater severity when exposed to bacteria not harmful to others

Regardless of where you live, it's good to know if you're exposed to dangerous levels of bacteria or fungi. 

Given the importance of water safety to our health, it simply makes sense to test your water for microbial contamination regularly. The good news: ExactBlue makes it easy to detect bacteria in minutes. It’s up to 50x more sensitive than traditional lab-based methods and gives you results using your smartphone in minutes.

ExactBlue Smartphone Water Testing Kit

ExactBlue Smartphone Testing
ExactBlue Smartphone Testing

Keeping your home, pool or hot tub water clear of contaminants is an ongoing job, so we created ExactBlue to become your end to end solution to get the job done quickly. 

Our wireless handheld device brings water testing in to the smartphone era, not only allowing you to detect the level of bacteria in your water, but taking it one step further to provide you with access to all the analysis and data you need at your finger tips.

LAB COSTS CAN BE UP TO $50 PER COMPARABLE TEST, AND TAKES DAYS TO GET RESULTS AFTER SHIPPING YOUR SAMPLE. 

With ExactBlue, you can test multiple samples at a fraction of cost.

ExactBlue is a truly innovative water testing kit, capable of detecting low level of microbial contamination. Its state of the art hardware contains a number of sensors that read the reaction of the water when mixed with nano reagents in our test vials and then pairs wirelessly via bluetooth with your iOS or Android device.  The size of a mouse, ExactBlue is as portable as it is easy to use. Reliable and battery powered, it makes the perfect water testing solution for any setting: industrial/commercial facility, workplace and at home or on the road. 

BENEFITS OF OUR SYSTEM

  • EXTENSIVE MICROBIAL DETECTION: ExactBlue is an easy-to-use screening test that can quickly detect if the bacteria count in your water. It detects disease-causing bacteria and fungi such as E.coli, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and other Pseudomonas and strains known to be responsible for biofilm formation in water systems.
  • DETERMINE LEVEL OF DISINFECTANT: Check for the level of chlorine in your water using the disinfectant tests. With both rapid bacteria and chlorine testing, you will know whether your disinfection or filtration system is working adequately.
  • ONE DEVICE, MANY TESTS: ExactBlue is a truly innovative bacteria test kit that is superior to test strips and capable of detecting dangerous levels of microbes in water. As more tests (for both organic and inorganic contaminants) are added into the platform, you can still test using same device and software.
  • FAST RESULTS: ExactBlue offers accurate, reliable results in as little as 2 minutes through the use of breakthrough nanotechnology for microbial detection. This means results are 1000s of times faster than the lab without the hassle of collecting, incubating,  shipping your sample under controlled temperature to lab, and the elimination of the critical wait period.
  • TEST MULTIPLE SAMPLES:  With ExactBlue, it's super easy to test different sources of water, or multiple samples within the same source. This helps provide much higher level of assurance as it's a good idea to test multiple times in many cases. 
  • SCOPE OF DETECTION: Up to 50 times more bacteria detected vs. lab based culture tests. The traditional HPC (Heterotrophic Plate Count) method detects only bacteria that is culturable (or those that grow in the lab).  
  • REMINDERS AND ALERTS: Automatically keep a log of your testing and get reminders of when to test next. We are working on adding alerts based on weather pattern changes that affect water quality.
  • REDUCED COSTS: Costs can be compared to reduction in the range of 80% per sample vs. conventional lab testing.
  • ANDROID AND APPLE: Easy to use wireless device that pairs with both Android or Apple phones.
  • PATTERN ANALYSIS AND CLOUD BACKUP: All your water testing and location data is automatically saved and backed up for future reference and pattern analysis. 
  • WIRELESS WITH LONG BATTERY LIFE: Low power Bluetooth device that allows dozens of tests on a single charge, and over 10,000 tests over its lifetime.

FOR PROFESSIONAL USERS

Whether you're in commercial pool or hot tub testing, building maintenance services, or in any other industry that requires water testing for microbial presence, as well as levels of disinfection, you can use ExactBlue's professional smartphone kit to help your clients test their water sources quickly and safely. 

Learn more about how bacteria can be a health problem in almost EVERY cooling tower in mid-rise and high-rise buildings in a report from the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) here.

 

 

  • Perform one or many microbial tests on the spot without sending samples to lab
  • Check for chlorine levels to get data on disinfection level
  • Provide clients with a report immediately
  • Cloud application where all reports are stored and cataloged privately
  • Easy-to-use wireless device that works with Android or Apple phones 
  • Long lasting battery that will work for 10,000+ tests  
  • Save time and increase customer satisfaction and confidence

What We Need & What You Get 

We're a group of scientists, researchers and product developers who have spent decades working on software, nanotech, and disinfection technology. We've spent the more than two years perfecting the technology and are now ready to bring it to you. We need your support to make this technology available widely. 

Test your water at home
Test your water at home

We have completed the design and development of the nano test vials, handheld wireless devices and the mobile app. With your funds, we'll place our first at-scale production order and begin delivery in about three months. We will continue to expand our testing capability to include other organisms and inorganic contaminants such as lead, arsenic and more.   

For every level of kit you purchase, you can buy additional tests at lower cost from our app or website as you need more. They are currently priced in the $5 to $10 range per test with volume discounts. 

REWARDS

TEST MY WATER IN CAMBRIDGE, ON

If you live in Southern Ontario, bring your water sample to our office in Cambridge, Ontario. We will schedule a time that works for you. Get the results on the spot.  Each additional test is $10 (half-price).

Test my water in Cambridge, ON
Test my water in Cambridge, ON

TEST MY WATER AT MY LOCATION - ONTARIO

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or the Golden Horseshoe, WE WILL COME TO YOU and test your water at your home or office.

THREE TESTS ARE INCLUDED IN ONE VISIT.  

Each additional test is $10 (half-price).

Test my water at my location
Test my water at my location

 

REFILL KIT - 12 BACTERIA

REFILL TEST KIT

Includes 12 bacteria tests that you can use with your starter kit.

Refill Bacteria Kit with 12 tests
Refill Bacteria Kit with 12 tests

STARTER KIT

Get our starter testing kit for your hot tub, pool or well, home or other water source. This kit includes our wireless handheld device, six bacteria tests, t-cup and filters to gather water sample, charger and rugged casing.

  • ExactBlue Wireless Handheld Contamination Reader
  • Bacteria Tests (x6) 
  • Cloud Software 
  • Mobile App
ExactBlue Starter Kit
ExactBlue Starter Kit


HIGH VOLUME PRO KIT

  • ExactBlue Wireless Handheld Contamination Reader 
  • 30 Bacteria Tests 
  • 30 Chlorine Tests 
  • Pro Cloud Software
  • Mobile App
HIGH VOLUME PRO KIT
HIGH VOLUME PRO KIT

COMMERCIAL PACKAGE WITH ONSITE TRAINING

  • 2 ExactBlue Wireless Handheld Contamination Readers  
  • 60 Bacteria Tests 
  • 60 Chlorine Tests 
  • Pro Cloud Software 
  • Mobile App
  • On-site training 

 

COMMERCIAL PACKAGE WITH ONSITE TRAINING
COMMERCIAL PACKAGE WITH ONSITE TRAINING

The Impact

Your contribution will accelerate the availability of this breakthrough technology and enable everyone on the planet to test their water regularly.

Your help will:

  • Enable consumers and organizations across the world to test their water in a fraction of the time and cost 
  • Share data on water quality at a new level of granularity that can serve as an early warning system for disease outbreaks or infrastructure issues
  • Make it much easier and more understandable to test water in places where access to a lab or professional services is not available
  • Support non-profits that need to perform water testing across the world

ABOUT US

ExactBlue is a project fueled by the passion of co-founders Aditya Mardia and George Botos. We truly believe it's important for anyone and everyone to know if their water is safe to use. When we realized that traditional lab tests (HPC method) detect only 1% of all bacteria, we saw an opportunity to dramatically improve this ratio to provide consumers with more information and create a hyperlocal early warning system that can inform citizens and governments of changes in water quality. Further, we want to support organizations across the globe where testing facilities don't even exist.   

With years of experience in disinfection and medical devices, George identified a nano technology at the University of Waterloo that could help rapidly test water for microbial contaminants. Aditya brought almost two decades of expertise in building software to take on the challenge of simplifying water testing the use of smartphones.

Together with our motley crew of engineers, product managers, nano material researches, industrial designers, and mobile app developers, we have created a system that can easily be used by most people in a variety of applications. We have collectively spent over 10 years building this product and now need your help to bring it to market. 

Aditya Mardia, Co-Founder and CEO

Aditya is a pragmatic artist aka engineer/scientist/product guy who loves building things that matter.  He speaks four different languages, tried his hand in music and failed at being a rock star. When that didn't work out, he started coding furiously, taking apart gadgets (for example, he really pissed his uncle Sanjay off in 1995 when he completely took apart a perfectly nice new telephone), experimenting with dozens of random things, and then realized his true passion was being a builder. Aditya has a beautiful little baby daughter named Aasha Olivia Mardia. Her name means hope. Aditya is overcoming his fears to start his own business and brought this project to life through tremendous and steadfast support of his wife Laura. He hopes that Aasha lives in a world where everyone can tell if their water is safe to use. ExactBlue is the manifestation of this dream. 

Professionally, Aditya has over 15 years of product development, marketing and management experience in consumer and enterprise software. He has broad end-to-end experience from primary customer research and marketing strategy, to product development and operations management. Further, Aditya has developed products from the ground up during his years as a software engineer. The resulting products now account for more than $50 million worth of transactions annually. He has also led key product initiatives for large brands including Intuit, the Discovery Channel, and Bank of Montreal.  Aditya has earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and a MBA from the University of Toronto.

George Botos, Co-Founder and Managing Director 

George Botos is an innovator whose passion is to bring new ideas to life and his focus is on chemistry. Over the past 20 years, George has managed the development and commercialization of numerous patented products, from disinfectants to drugs and medical devices, which are now widely used in dental offices.  

George is also an avid water lover. Swimming has been his preferred sport from a very young age. Throughout the years he has developed a passion for scuba diving and more recently sailing. Needless to say that he is passionate about the quality of the water we all enjoy today and is trying to find ways to preserve it for generations to come.  

Over the past 5 years, George has spent most of his time trying to combine his two passions by focusing his energy on the development and commercialization of new water disinfection and detection technologies. In 2012, George founded GENEMIS Laboratories Inc., a company that develops and produces innovative water testing products and provides microbiology and research testing as well as risk management consulting services to dental professionals. George earned a B. Eng. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, as well as a MBA from Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

Darian Petrisca (P.Eng.),  VP, Global Business Development

Darian Petrisca is a passionate environmental engineer, with over 15 years working in the water industry. Son of an artist who dedicated his work to create environmental awareness, Darian was exposed to environmental issues from a very young age. Affected by the Walkerton, Ontario tragedy in May 2000 that killed 7 people and left thousands sick after drinking water contaminated with bacteria, Darian decided to pursue environmental engineering at the University of Guelph with a focus on water treatment. After graduating in 2005, Darian joined ZENON (GE Water) Environmental and began traveling the world, commissioning drinking water and wastewater treatment plants in Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand and Africa. In 2008, Darian moved to Paris, France and worked for Veolia, developing their water business in Europe. 

In 2014, Darian joined Suez and was responsible for industrial business development in the water sector for Canada. In May 2017, Darian founded HOMES Water, a company that is dedicated to making industries and commercial water users aware of the benefits, both environmental and financial, if proper water management is instilled by the use of innovative technologies and sustainability practices. Darian speaks 6 languages, is an avid painter, cook, gardener, enjoys reading about ancient history and traveling to adventurous places

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

If you can't contribute, help us spread the word! Share this page with your friends or family who may need help testing water or might be interested in our solution

Don't let this technology disappear in the lab! Help us enable water testing for everyone on the planet.

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