Bacteria Detection Challenge

Bacteria Detection Challenge

Identifying bacteria in the water supply system in Israel

2019 Application Process


This challenge is facilitated by the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance, which fosters international collaboration between regional hubs of water technology innovation.

Prospective solutions can come from entrepreneurs, university students or researchers, professionals already working in water-dependent industries, private sector and government labs or just inventive individuals. They should be proven and ready to be piloted at full scale.


Challenge finalists will present to the partner organization to compete for:

  • A comparative pilot testing of the technology for 6-12 months, side by side with other innovative technologies in the Mekorot central laboratory including testing report by Mekorot (final terms will be agreed according to the finalists).
  • Media exposure and promotion as a finalist through the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance network, including showcases at key water events


The National Water Company of Israel, Mekorot, is seeking innovative methods for rapid identification of indicator bacteria in the field, in the laboratory, and continuously in the water supply system.


  1. Labs – here the aim is to develop and implement:
    a. Cheaper methods to reduce the cost of operational control tests
    b. Faster methods for the detection of bacterial indicators
  2. Testing field kits – striving for robust, user friendly kits to identify bacterial indicators
  3. Automatic sampling – aiming to develop and implement: Automatic field sensors for early warning and continuous real-time detection of changes in water quality and acute pollution

Key success criteria for the proposal include:

  • Sensitivity < 1 CFU / 100 ml
  • Selectivity – Coliform/E. coli
  • Rapid identification < 1 hour
  • Cost < $15 per test
  • Robustness and simplicity



Accelerating the application of innovative water technologies around the world

Established in September 2018, the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance was set up to foster international collaboration between regional hubs of water technology innovation. It is an open platform that helps match specific water challenges with solutions from around the world. The alliance works in two directions: supporting locally developed innovations in reaching out to foreign markets; and helping those seeking solutions to tap into a global pool of innovative technologies.


Ms. Relly Bar-on
WaTech Center, Mekorot


  • May 6, 2019
  • June 18, 2019
  • June 19 - July 31, 2019
  • August 2019
  • November 5-8, 2019
  • November 18-21, 2019

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