Water: Our Precious Resource

As the world’s population continues to grow and develop, we increasingly stress our limited global water supply.  Every day, new chemical contaminants enter our environment.

Traditional water testing methods are based on analytical chemistry.  But the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have both determined that chemical analysis may no longer be sufficient to ensure water quality and safety.

Agilent is innovating and collaborating with researchers to develop new models that include in vitro biological profiling techniques.  Biological screening could help rapidly identify the presence of chemicals that have detrimental effects on biological systems, especially for water reuse applications.

Agilent has published a new infographic that details this work.  Previous infographics have focused on water reuse, emerging contaminants and the state of the world’s water.

“We know most waters contain thousands of anthropogenic substances,” says Shane Snyder with the University of Arizona.  “Early detection of emerging contaminants is the key.  We want to find these substances before people are exposed to them for long periods of time.”

Dr. Snyder is an Agilent Thought Leader, recognized for his influential research in water analysis, and the exploration of new approaches to determine the quality and safety of drinking water.  Dr. Snyder uses Agilent gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, cell metabolism and genomics solutions in his work.

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