UviLux - Bathing Water Quality Monitoring
Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) has addressed the challenge of monitoring of effluents in surface waters with the low cost UviLux Tryptophan Fluorometer. The UviLux Tryptophan Fluorometer enables in-situ, real-time, monitoring of bacteria within natural water systems. The principle behind the measurement is the excitation of Tryptophan-like UV fluorescence, which correlates with bacterial contamination.The sensor detects fluorescent proteins that are inherent within sewage and slurry and provides an output in calibrated Tryptophan concentration units.
Bathing Water Monitoring
Monitoring the cleanliness of recreational beaches is becoming a worldwide issue (e.g. the EPA Beach Act in the USA and The Bathing Water Directive in Europe). The revised EU Bathing Waters Directive of 2015 now requires maintaining low levels of E-Coli and Enterococci within Bathing Waters. Authorities responsible for these bathing waters require new tools to monitor levels of these bacteria in realtime. The UviLux Tryptophan Fluorometer offers a low cost, easily deployed, solution and can be sited close to bathing beaches and within nearby estuaries and rivers to provide early notification of potential non-compliance (e.g. resulting from agricultural run-off following high rainfall or CSO events). Offering un-paralleled sensitivity, the UviLux Tryptophan fluorometer can detect small changes in bacteria concentrations, offering the potential of setting alarms to warn when acceptable contamination levels are exceeded.