Adam Barnett
Adam hails from Nova Scotia but now calls Fredericton home, after completing his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Coincidentally – or was it? - he met our Director of Sales - Dave Tracey - who was the industrial mentor in Adam’s senior industrial plant design project. Dave was so impressed he hired Adam right out of school. When he’s not working or playing on the company beach volleyball team, he can be found on the basketball court, hunting for waterfalls, or playing the Legend of Zelda.

Most Wanted Microbes – Methanogens

  From the editor: This is the thirteenth post in an ongoing series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic.  Methanogens are a group of microbes that produce methane gas through the breakdown of… Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight – Nitrifying Bacteria in Monochlorinated Distribution Systems

  If you are using heterotrophic plate counts (HPCs) to identify nitrifying bacteria – you won’t find them. As it mentions in the name, HPCs only measure heterotrophic bacteria. These organisms feed off organic carbon compounds like fats, carbohydrates, and proteins while autotrophic bacteria produce their own food from basic energy sources like sunlight or… Read More

Innovation Is All Around Us

  Many people who read through news articles, especially in the water industry, will understand me when I say it seems that only negative things are happening. Flint is in a water crisis, brain eating amoebas are making people sick, and lots of people are under boil-water advisories. These stories are very important to help… Read More

It’s All in How You Look at Things.

  We’ve all seen, or at least heard of, the 100-year-old optical illusion of the duck/rabbit photo. The premise is simple, different people see a duck first, some see a rabbit, while still others can see both.   This proves that everybody views the world a little differently, in everything from philosophy to everyday objects. What… Read More

Welcome to Microbiology 1001

  My first full-time job after obtaining my degree in Chemical Engineering started out intimidating, but who ever thought starting off a career in applied microbiology would be easy. As I move through the introductory period of my position – where learning all I can about the field is of top priority – the intimidating… Read More