ATP monitor Articles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • [Technical Paper] Biomass Evolution in Full-Scale Drinking Water Filters

    After nearly two-years of work, we could advance our understanding of ATP measurement in drinking water biofilters. I will describe some of the background and key results from the study below – more information is provided in the Journal AWWA December 2016 article. Background of the ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Improving Biological Wastewater Treatment Process Control through ATP-Based Parameters

    ABSTRACTBiological wastewater treatment processes harness the ability of microorganisms to break down and assimilate organic compounds that, if left untreated, cause detriment to the environment. Although this process occurs naturally, engineered systems are used to accelerate the process by optimizing bioreactor conditions to promote higher-than-typical biomass concentrations, thus increasing ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Preventative control of legionella through real-time bioburden testing

    Abstract: Of the 485,000 annual cases of pneumonia-like sickness in the USA, approximately 15% are attributed to Legionnaire’s Disease. This typically results in  health care costs of over $600 million (1, 2, 3). For the most part, these incidents can be prevented through effective monitoring and treatment. Since Legionella thrive within microbial biofilms and ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Microbes Run the World

    Microbes run the world. They are the governing agents behind the conversion of key elements into vital biological forms. They remove toxins from their environments, and protect us from disease-causing organisms. Microbes do not, however, go to battle alone. Microbe armies live in complex communities that follow intricate processes and interactions to ensure environmental stability. Until ...

  • 3 things that you can learn on the first day of ATP testing at your wastewater plant

    Of all the applications that LuminUltra works with, biological wastewater may be the most complex but also offers the greatest opportunities for cost savings and overall optimization. The greatest savings tend to come through process optimization once long-term data trends have been established but the following is a list of opportunities that present themselves immediately upon starting to ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cellular ATP – A Superior Measure of Active Biomass for Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes

    Biological wastewater treatment processes harness the ability of microorganisms to break down and assimilate organic compounds that, if left untreated, cause detriment to the environment. Although this process occurs naturally, engineered systems are used to accelerate the process by optimizing bioreactor conditions to promote higher-than-typical biomass concentrations, thus increasing the rate ...

  • Sure, We Have Lots of Bioreactor Solids… But How Many are Active?

     ABSTRACT Biological wastewater treatment processes harness the ability of microorganisms to break down and assimilate organic compounds that, if left untreated, cause detriment to the environment. Although this process occurs naturally, engineered systems are used to accelerate the process by optimizing bioreactor conditions to promote higher-than-typical biomass concentrations, thus ...

  • Online Total Bacteria Monitor compared with ATP and flow cytometry - Case Study

    Alkaline Phosphatase Enzyme Activity Measurement as a Robust on-line Monitoring Assay for Water Quality Assessment. Micro organisms maintain their growth by producing enzymes in order to provide low molecular weight inorganic compounds. These compounds could be taken up into the cells from high molecular weight organic compounds which cannot be directly utilized by bacteria. Microbial ...

  • Does your cooling tower have a biofouling problem?

    What’s growing in your tower? It’s important to be able to identify microbial biofouling in the industrial cooling systems that you treat. We know that biofouling is a bad thing … reducing the heat transfer performance of a cooling system, as well as causing microbially induced corrosion, harboring pathogens, and accumulating scale deposits. All these problems can ...


    By AMSA, Inc.

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