California’s Water Woes

  The ongoing drought in California has been making news now for several years. State officials have been scrambling to find ways to use less and recover more water. It hasn’t been an easy job. People are still flocking to California to live and key industries, like agriculture, need huge amounts of water to sustain… Read More

[DNA Report] What’s Living in “Bourbon Gumbo” Street Water?

  From editor: Have you ever been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans? While at WEFTEC16, Microbe Detectives – one of LuminUltra’s strategic partners – decided to check it out. Along with great food and music, Bourbon street offers up another delicacy often referred to as “Bourbon Gumbo”, or street gutter water.  Microbe Detectives could… Read More

What Is ATP and What Does It Do?

  Many people know what ATP stands for, but do you know what it does? This blog demystifies this amazing energy carrier and explains why water professionals should care about it. 1.  What is ATP and what does it do? ATP – or Adenosine Triphosphate – is the primary energy carrier in all living organisms… Read More

Microbial Monitoring – a Hot Topic at Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water

  Access to clean and plentiful drinking water is important to each of us. The Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water, taking place October 16-18 in Ottawa, brings together top researchers to share innovative ideas about drinking water sustainability and solutions to common water issues from across Canada and around the world. Microbial monitoring in… Read More

ATP and DNA – Who’s on First?

  As some of you may have heard, LuminUltra has partnered with Microbe Detectives to offer DNA testing services to the drinking water and wastewater industries.  So “Who’s on First?” (pun intended); simply put, the partnership’s combined technologies tell you who is in a given water or wastewater sample, and how much is in that… Read More

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… Read More

Look Inside The Black Box – Presentations at WEFTEC 2016

  Monitoring and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment processes has been limited by our ability to see into the microbial world of these systems.  The primary tool at our disposal is a simple microscope, not unlike microscopes that have been around for more than one hundred years.  The microscope is able to give us some very… Read More

Bah! H.U.M. Bug!

  We know that phrase all too well, as the one Ebenezer Scrooge shouts out in the famous book  A Christmas Carol.   To a fuel manager, however, it means something entirely different but equally scary. We’re talking about Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms, commonly known as H.U.M. Bugs. There are at least 27 types of microbes that… Read More

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