A Summer of Slime


This summer it seemed like water quality issues were everywhere in the news.

Take one of New Brunswick’s most popular tourist destinations, Parlee Beach, for example. When most people think about Parlee Beach, the annual seaside concert or maybe lifeguard skills competitions probably come to mind. This year however, stories about those events shared space in the media with reports about poor water quality and ‘swim at your own risk’ warnings. For a small community like Shediac, where the beach sits within the town limits, the idea that its water is less than clean could be disastrous for future tourist seasons.

Across the international border in Maine, the city of Portland faced its own water quality issue.  Just like Parlee Beach faced a major image problem at the height of summer, Portland saw its tourist season (and tourist dollars) put at risk as algae spread across scenic Casco Bay. Both communities have some work to do to address the root causes of their water issues but also to rebuild visitor confidence. If they don’t, the economic impact on area businesses might be a lot larger in 2017 than it was in 2016.

Even though the Northumberland Strait and Casco Bay are large bodies of water, biological contamination can be an issue in much smaller systems. At LuminUltra, we specialize in microbiological testing for any industry concerned with water. Our family of 2nd Generation ATP® test kits produces rapid, accurate results in many applications. Whether you are managing drinking water, waste water or industrial process water, we have the solution.


Stacey Pineau

Clearly explaining complex topics has been Stacey’s focus for close to 25 years now. She helps plan how best to reach the right people, then works to provide them with relevant information that’s easy to understand. Stacey is a team player with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has broad experience that spans the private and public sectors. A lover of words, Stacey has a slightly irrational love of the library and a personal collection of way too many books and magazines. She lives in Fredericton with her husband Ray, their two children and dog Scouty.

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