How often should I measure ATP in my wastewater treatment plant?

  LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP has many potential uses within a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), including: diagnosing acute and chronic toxicity, optimizing solids concentrations in the aeration tank, optimizing dissolved oxygen setpoints and identifying sludge bulking events. How often you should measure ATP depends on the quantity of data you’ve collected, the operational performance of… Read More

Water Calculation Tools

  There are many water use resources available on the internet. At LuminUltra, we work in the water microbiology field, but we also pay attention to what’s going on in the larger world of water. We’ve come across some neat sites over time, so today we present this list of online water calculation tools: Water… Read More

Interesting water tech innovations from around the world

  There have been some interesting happenings in the water technology industry in recent weeks. As companies around the world work to solve water problems of one sort or another, some truly inventive ideas come to light. Here’s a quick rundown of some particularly interesting developments we’ve come across: In Switzerland, robotics company EPFL Biorob… Read More

Is there a correlation between ATP and other traditional microbiological methods?

  Perhaps the most common question that we’re asked is how our ATP tests correlate with traditional microbiological methods.  Unsurprisingly, when people are used to getting their information in a certain way, they naturally want to know how a new method will stack up against it.  However, the mechanisms of culture-based techniques and ATP analyses… Read More

[Video] Microbiological Monitoring in Water: Past, Present & Future

  The first ever Microbe Detective’s Microbiome Water Summit was held in Chicago at the Shedd Aquarium on September 29, 2017. It was held to coincide with the Water Environment Federation’s annual WEFTEC conference and exhibition (September 30-October 4, 2017). The Summit was well attended by a mix of consultants, technology providers, academics, utilities and… Read More

Top 3 questions from WEFTEC17

  WEFTEC17 proved to be one of the best ones yet for LuminUltra! Here are top three questions we were asked: 1. Can you measure ATP in anaerobic systems? Yes, ATP can be measured in aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic systems. ATP is a measure of total biomass and is not specific to any one functional… Read More

The Energy Footprint of Drinking Water

  Drinking water and wastewater systems are generally the largest energy consumers for municipal governments. However, there is little published information available on the exact energy usage for specific systems. A recent article in Journal – American Water Works Association, looked to address this knowledge gap for drinking water utilities. The authors surveyed drinking water… Read More

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