Modern Water - Monitoring Division

Modern Water - Monitoring Division

Modern Water’s Monitoring division has developed some of the world’s most advanced systems for monitoring water quality. We provide market-leading toxicity monitoring systems, trace metal and environmental monitoring systems. The range includes systems for portable, online, and laboratory use. Our toxicity monitoring products, Microtox and Microtox CTM, detect toxins in water using bioluminescence technology and immediately warn of suspicious changes. The trace metal PDV and OVA product ranges use voltammetry to identify and quantify trace metals in water, soil, food and industrial streams. The environmental range monitors specific environmental contaminants such in water, soil and industry.Our systems selectively identify contaminants such as explosives, pesticides, toxins and hydrocarbons. Benefits include quick and reliable results, early warning of toxic events, low capital and operating costs and protection against environmental pollution.

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Unit 15 - 17, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road , Cambridge , Cambridgeshire CB4 0FQ United Kingdom
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Water Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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Modern Water owns, installs and operates world-leading membrane technologies and develops and supplies advanced systems for water monitoring.

Our Membrane Process division uses its world-leading Forward Osmosis (FO) technology platform in a number of membrane processes including: desalination, evaporative cooling systems, enhanced oil recovery and hydro osmotic power (HOP).

The Monitoring division has developed some of the world’s most advanced systems for monitoring and improving water quality. It brings together Modern Water’s market-leading acute toxicity monitoring systems for online, portable and lab use with global environmental and process monitoring products and technologies.

Modern Water is expert in the design, development and provision of analytical instruments and technologies for monitoring toxicity, trace metals and environmental contaminants in water, soil, food and industrial process streams.


The product range includes products that are recognised across the world as market leaders in their specific applications. This includes Microtox – recognised as the Gold Standard for toxicity testing; OVA and PDV – robust on-line and portable trace metal technology used and installed in more than thirty countries; and EnSys, RapidAssay, EnviroGard, Quickchek, Multisensor, - used extensively to provide reliable detection of a range of specific environmental contaminants.

  • Natural resources and Energy
    Mining, Energy and Agriculture Sectors
  • Industrials and Manufacturers
    Metal Processors, Automobiles, Coatings, Pharma and Food
  • Public and Private Utilities
    Water Services, Hospitals, Education and Hospitality Venues
  • Specifiers and Regulators
    Government Agencies, Planning Agencies and Developers

Modern Water supports clients directly and through a network of international distributors offering:

  • development of bespoke monitoring and alert systems
  • global product and technical support

Increasingly stringent regulations demand cleaner wastewater discharges to both sewer and watercourses, demanding greater investment in systems to monitor, treat and remove pollutants prior to discharge.

Real time monitoring is complementary to these treatment systems, helping to ensure regulatory compliance and minimising the risk of fines being levied by regulatory bodies. Real time monitoring allows wastewater to be re-processed for prior to discharge if concentrations of potential pollutants approach regulatory levels. Online monitoring of discharges also benefits process control and cost savings by increasing the efficiency of the treatment process.

Modern Water offers real time online, monitoring solutions to ensure regulatory compliance. Examples of our wastewater and industrial effluent monitoring solutions are illustrated above.

Monitoring of river water is essential to maintain water quality. Human activities and products are almost exclusively responsible for pollution. Industrial sites, urban infrastructure and development, agriculture, transport, and deliberate or accidental pollution all adversely affect river water quality. Geology also plays a significant role with naturally occurring metals released into river water during geological activity or adverse weather such as rains and storms.

Good river water quality is essential to maintain the biological health and diversity of species in our rivers. Fish are known to accumulate heavy metals to toxic levels if present in their habitat and since many rivers are also used as sources for human drinking water heavy metal concentrations are an important factor in determining treatment processing and costs.

Government Environmental Protection Agencies are addressing river water quality and setting stringent regulatory standards. Real time monitoring helps ensure compliance by allowing rapid identification of pollution sources. In turn this allows rapid treatment or removal before the pollution becomes a threat to either aquatic or human health.

Modern Water provides online, laboratory and portable solutions for real time monitoring of heavy metals in river water. Our experience has resulted in the development of an unrivalled range of monitoring technologies, examples of which are listed above.

The arsenic concentration of drinking water is a concern to many countries around the world where this poisonous element occurs naturally. The reduction of metals in water can be achieved either by dilution with another water source with a low arsenic concentration or by treatment to remove the arsenic. Both of these methods require constant supervision to ensure compliance with regulations and to to ensure the process is operated efficintly. Only the online monitoring of the target metal can ensure and prove compliance.

Modern Water's OVA series of online analysers can measure a range of metals to ensure compliance with W.H.O. and local standards for the concentrations of heavy metals in drinking water.

Since the Company listed in June 2007, Modern Water has expanded its operations into Oman, Gibraltar, China, the United States and around the UK.

Modern Water takes a global approach to providing technologies focused on addressing the scarcity of fresh water and the treatment of wastewater.

Annual water consumption around the world has risen six-fold during the past century, which is more than twice the rate of population growth. Forecasts estimate that by 2025, five and a half billion people, two-thirds of the world’s population, will live in countries that are water-stressed.