2nd generation ATP Articles

  • The Secret to Optimizing Solids Inventory in Wastewater Treatment Plants

    A common problem in wastewater treatment plants in Australia is that generally they hold excessive amounts of solids. In fact this problem is common worldwide.  However, LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP. While traditional operating methods tend to rely on TSS and/or VSS measurements these often detect more than just living biomass. For example, TSS takes in to account living ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Using ATP to Measure Living Biomass in Wastewater

    Bioreactors harness the ability of naturally-occurring microorganisms to break down environmental contaminants discharged from cities and industries. Becasue they are the engine driving the process, it is critical to closely monitor the quantity and quality of these microorganisms.  2nd Generation ATP provides wastewater treatment operators with the ultimate tool for accurately measuring ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Legionnaires Disease and 2nd Generation ATP

    As recent events in Quebec, Canada have shown, outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease continue to happen around the world.  As our ability to diagnose this ailment improve, it is not surprising that the number of confirmed cases continues to rise.  Conventional wisdom states that the bacteria ...

  • Assessing Upstream Process Changes with ATP Monitoring

    While the Biomass Stress Index (BSI) parameter is most often used to reveal when a biological population has been subjected to toxicity, it can also indicate when an upstream change has relieved a stressful condition. In this month’s featured case study, a pulp & paper wastewater treatment plant made a change to its papermaking process that changed the properties of the wastewater ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • 2nd Generation ATP Monitoring Can Help Avoid Boil Water Orders

    “Boil Water Order” has been a popular news headline this year with approximately ten reported instances in the province of New Brunswick alone. These are typically issued by a public health authority for the protection of public health from waterborne infectious diseases that could be present in drinking water. They can last for days or even several months in extreme cases and are ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Dispelling the Truths & Myths of ATP Testing and Why 2nd Generation ATP Works

    The MYTHS of ATP Testing  “I already measure for microorganisms.  I don’t need an ATP test.”  ATP monitoring fills an ADDIITONAL need – the total microbial population directly relates to required biocide.  No other microbiological test method provides this information ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Application Focus: Biological Wastewater Treatment

    In knowing the size and health of the active biomass population in a wastewater treatment process, cause-and-effect relationships can then be established with process variables. If a change in the process is beneficial or detrimental to the population, ATP results will indicate to what degree the population is helped or harmed by the change. Since ATP measurements isolate the living population, ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • The Economic Argument for Flushing Optimization, and How ATP Monitoring Can Help

    As a way of controlling fouling in water distribution lines, utilities often conduct system-wide flushing cycles to clear lines of sediment, biofilm, and other accumulated material to maintain good water quality for customers. This can be done on an annual basis or as dictated by water technicians if more frequent flushing is needed. Take the city of Parker, Colorado (Population = 46,363) as an ...

  • Wastewater Monitoring Series, Part 2: The Use of 2nd Generation ATP Monitoring Systems

    In October, we featured Part I of a three-part series on "Getting a Handle on Living Biomass in Wastewater Treatment." Here, we present Part II of the series which focuses on a revolutionary breakthrough technology that uses Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) for the measurement of total microbiological content in a given sample. Through years of successful research, development, and field application, ...

  • Natural Disaster Recovery & Drinking Water

    Clean water is one of the fundamental pillars of modern civilization, and a major priority for local and municipal government.  When disaster – hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes – strikes, one of the first priorities is to rehabilitate water treatment and distribution systems.  Water main and pipe breaks, pressure loss, and backflow can all act to introduce external ...

  • The DNA Revolution for Water Professionals

    Imagine trying to solve a problem when you are provided just 1% of the total data. This is essentially the case in analyzing water and wastewater microbiomes. Conventional microbiological testing methods such as culture and microscopy can identify only about 1% of microorganisms that are contained in a ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

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