Hurricane Season

  With the start of the 2018 hurricane season right around the corner, many people living in the Caribbean and along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts of North America are holding their collective breath. The 2017 season produced a series of storms that resulted in significant loss of life as well as billions… 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

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

Most Wanted Microbes: Cryptosporidium

  From the editor: This is the sixth 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.  Cryptosporidium, commonly known as Crypto, is a cyst-forming parasite commonly associated with the faecal… Read More

The Cape Town Water Crisis: Potential Novel Solutions

  The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa has drawn worldwide attention to the region’s ongoing struggles with drinking water availability and, internationally, to diminishing water supplies and the importance of water management and conservation. A prolonged drought in Cape Town forced local authorities to institute drastic water saving measures in an effort to… Read More

Who Turned up the Heat? What You Need to Know about Biofilms and Heat Transfer.

  Whether you work at an oil refinery, power plant, or in an office building, chances are you owe your comfort to a cooling tower.  These engineering marvels are responsible for keeping your process fluids cool, turbines spinning, and even your work environment comfortable by transferring heat from water to air. Of course, where there… 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

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