Jordan Schmidt
Jordan has a PhD in Civil Engineering specializing in biological wastewater treatment. During his PhD, Jordan contributed to full-scale field evaluations of municipal waste stabilization ponds in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. He has a diverse background of expertise including data science, experimental design, statistical programming and full-scale municipal wastewater treatment. When he’s not working, Jordan enjoys sea kayaking, backcountry camping in Kejimkujik National Park and rock climbing.

Sequencing Your Bioreactor – Who’s Doing the Work?

  Metagenomics through the incorporation of next generation sequencing (NGS) is changing the way wastewater treatment plants are monitored and understood. NGS can be used in aerobic and anaerobic systems to monitor for problematic organisms, such as filamentous and foaming bacteria, and beneficial organisms, such as ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and methanogens. NGS is also allowing old… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Candidatus Accumulibacter

From the editor: This is the eleventh 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. Candidatus Accumulibacter is a phosphorus accumulating organism (PAOs), meaning it can store copious quantities of phosphorus under specific conditions in a process referred to as enhanced biological phosphorus removal. Systems that select for Candidatus… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Brain-Eating Amoeba

  From the editor: This is the seventh 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.  Naegleria fowleri or brain-eating amoeba is a thermophilic, pathogenic, single celled eukaryote. They are typically found in… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Legionella

  From the editor: This is the fifth 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. Legionella is a mesophilic, pathogenic organism that can cause Legionnaire’s Disease, a potentially fatal… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Nitrifiers (a.k.a. Nitrosomonas)

  From the editor: This is the fourth 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.  Nitrification is a two-part process whereby ammonia is converted to nitrate. The first step… Read More

Day Zero: When the taps run dry

  May 11, 2018: The current estimate (as of February 7) for Day Zero for Cape Town, South Africa, when the municipal water distribution system will be turned off and residents will need to queue for water allotments at 200 distribution points. The current estimate for Day Zero was pushed back from April 16, 2018… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Kouleothrix (a.k.a. Roseiflexus)

  From the editor: This is the second 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.  Kouleothrix is a filamentous organism found in wastewater treatment systems. They appear as thread-like… Read More

Most Wanted Microbe – Escherichia coli

  From the editor: This is the inaugural 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.  Escherichia coli or E. coli is a species of bacteria commonly found in the… Read More

Using ATP in a Legionella Water Management Plan

  Between December 2014 and September 2015 there were three clusters of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in the Bronx, New York City. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling aerosolized water containing certain pathogenic strains of Legionella bacteria. Legionella thrive in warm, stagnant water with low disinfection residuals such as hot water… Read More