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  • Times are changing: Wastewater as a resource

    Times are changing: Wastewater as a resource

    Times are definitely changing. It used to be that wastewater from whatever source – domestic, agricultural, industrial – was something to collect and pipe away as quickly and efficiently as possible. There was more water coming out of ...

    Stacey Pineau

  • MYTH vs TRUTH: “If my disinfectant residual is always high enough, I don’t have to worry about microbes”

    MYTH vs TRUTH: “If my disinfectant residual is always high enough, I don’t have to worry about microbes”

    Monitoring disinfectant residuals (i.e. Free and Total Chlorine and/or Chloramine concentration) is one of the most essential practices in drinking water management programs.  This ensures that sufficient protection is maintained at all points ...

    Dave Tracey

  • The Ocean Conference: How the United Nations is addressing ocean health

    The Ocean Conference: How the United Nations is addressing ocean health

    Coming up June 5 in New York, the United Nations will bring together stakeholders from around the globe to discuss the health of the world’s oceans. The Ocean Conference will run for five days and will see delegates tackling a host of issues ...

    Stacey Pineau

  • Microbes Run the World

    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 ...

    Sarah Alston

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

    [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 ...

    Graham Gagnon

  • Developing a Culture of “Revulsion”: Singapore Tackles Water Wastage

    Developing a Culture of “Revulsion”: Singapore Tackles Water Wastage

    Singapore is an interesting place. As a city-state it occupies a very small amount of land area, about 700 square kilometers. Packed into this space are 5.6 million people working in one of the world’s strongest economies. A big part of the ...

    Stacey Pineau

  • Latest Ransomware Threatens Municipal Water Treatment

    Latest Ransomware Threatens Municipal Water Treatment

    Ransomware seems like it’s everywhere in the news lately. Ransomware is software that installs itself on a computer, often when the user opens a seemingly harmless email attachment. Once installed, the ransomware blocks access to critical ...

    Stacey Pineau

  • Water Security – A Growing Issue with No Easy Fixes

    Water Security – A Growing Issue with No Easy Fixes

    The issue of water security – access to enough quality water to make it possible to live safely – is a growing concern for many, just ask the communities of Flint and Corpus Christie. The problem is exacerbated when communities and ...

    Stacey Pineau

  • How John Snow Changed the Way We Look at Water Supply Systems, Microorganisms, and Infectious Diseases with Data Mapping.

    How John Snow Changed the Way We Look at Water Supply Systems, Microorganisms, and Infectious Diseases with Data Mapping.

    Hearing the name ‘Jon Snow’ may bring Kit Harington’s face to the forefront of many people’s mind as an important character in ‘Game of Thrones’ but, for water treatment and public health professionals, there is ...

    Ashlee Donaher

  • Get Schooled in Water Safety and Microbial Monitoring with LuminUltra Academy

    Get Schooled in Water Safety and Microbial Monitoring with LuminUltra Academy

     It’s not often you come across a company so committed to educating its customers and partners that it develops an entire suite of training courses, but that’s exactly what led to the creation of LuminUltra Academy. Access to ...

    Stacey Pineau

  • Feed Water Delivery System  Audit Using  2 nd Gen eration ATP - Case Study

    Feed Water Delivery System Audit Using 2 nd Gen eration ATP - Case Study

    Background A Western Canadian oil producer utilized LuminUltra`s Quench-Gone Aqueous (QGA) test kit to perform an audit of its feed water delivery system. The site acquired water from underground brackish water wells and transported this water ...

  • What’s Living in “Bourbon Gumbo” Street Water?

    What’s Living in “Bourbon Gumbo” Street Water?

    Bourbon Street in New Orleans frequently has stagnant water sitting along the curbs at all hours of the day rain or shine. This phenomenon is somewhat unusual and is likely due to inadequate drainage as the street is more than 100 years old and ...

    John Tillotson

  • What’s a Luminometer? And Why Should You Care?

    What’s a Luminometer? And Why Should You Care?

    If you’re in the business of managing a water system – whether drinking water, wastewater or water used for industrial purposes – a luminometer can make your job easier. Luminometers have been used in labs for decades, helping to ...

  • The DNA Revolution for Water Professionals

    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 ...

    Ashlee Donaher;John Tillotson

  • Things You Should Know about Your Reusable Water Bottle

    Things You Should Know about Your Reusable Water Bottle

    Reusable water bottles are everywhere; on office desks, in gym bags, and in kids’ backpacks. And while it’s inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and incredibly convenient to stop by any tap or fountain for a quick refill, there are a ...

    Ashlee Donaher

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

    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 ...

  • Does the risk of Legionnaire’s Disease rise when there’s lead in your water?

    Does the risk of Legionnaire’s Disease rise when there’s lead in your water?

    Ongoing monitoring shows that lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water are dropping and getting closer to meeting federal safety standards. That’s some much-needed positive news for the community. But there’s still work to be done. ...

  • Assessing Upstream Process Changes with ATP Monitoring

    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 ...

  • ATP Results vs. CFU Results: Consideration #2

    ATP Results vs. CFU Results: Consideration #2

    Culture testing takes microorganisms from their natural environment and attempts to recreate a new artificial laboratory environment that is designed to be favorable for their growth and replication. However, the vast majority (>99%) of organisms ...

  • ATP Results vs. CFU Results - Consideration #1

    ATP Results vs. CFU Results - Consideration #1

    Culturing techniques have been used as the standard method to identify specific microbes of concern in public and environmental health sectors for over 100 years. While these tools excel in identifying specific microorganisms, they have their ...