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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.

What you need to know about COVID-19 and disinfection

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the spotlight on how we clean and disinfect our environment. Special consideration is often made for objects deemed to be ‘high touch’ surfaces – this includes doorknobs, handrails, and various other items that we interact within our daily lives. As we return to shared spaces, there will be an increased need to… Read More

Validating disinfection for SARS-CoV-2 in a senior living facility

Note from the Author: This white paper resulted from a collaboration between LuminUltra, IWC Environmental Solutions, and Source Molecular.    SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, is highly contagious and has been shown to remain viable on surfaces for several days after exposure depending on the surface material.     This is particularly alarming as the asymptomatic infection… Read More

How to use ATP and DNA in a Wastewater Nitrification Monitoring Plan

Ammonia removal is a key metric for assessing wastewater treatment facility performance. This is because ammonia contributes to aquatic life toxicity. Furthermore, nitrogen, along with phosphorus, is a driver of receiving water eutrophication. Eutrophication, which simply is an over-enrichment of nutrients, can be detrimental to environmental and public health. It can result in harmful algae… Read More

What’s in a name? Three Intricacies of Organism Names in NGS Data

  There’s no universal method for cataloging organisms or for converting sequencing data to taxonomic data, so careful examination of methodology, as well as the results, is needed when analyzing DNA-associated data. Three of the intricacies are discussed below: Candidatus The formal naming of organisms is determined by a set of rules called the International… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes: Vibrio cholerae

From the editor: This is the fifteenth and final post in our 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. Vibrio cholerae or V. cholerae is a species of bacteria commonly found in brackish… Read More

Top 3 Things I Learned at WEFTEC 2018

  Whether I’m talking to attendees or customers in our booth at WEFTEC, or attending presentations, I always walk away with valuable information. That is the key, as you’ll see in my #1 take-away from WEFTEC.   1. Data ≠ Information I initially heard this statement during Dr. Mark van Loosdrecht’s presentation on wastewater microbial… Read More

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

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